Monday, January 21, 2008

Julian Beever's amazing chalk drawings

Julian Beever is an English chalk artist who has been creating trompe-l'œil chalk drawings on pavement surfaces since the mid-1990s. His works are created using a projection called anamorphosis, and create the illusion of three dimensions when viewed from the correct angle.


Will F said...

Those drawings are amazing. One of the reasons why these illusions are so powerful is because they are done outside in public. They allow the passerby to break out of the monotony of everyday life and indulge in their imagination, if only for a few minutes. This reminds me of this project in which a very famous and talented violin player was put in a subway station and told to play. Even though he is famed to be one of the best violinists of our time, hardly anybody stopped to listen or even turn their heads. I hope that people stopped to appreciate these street drawings.

theonetruebro said...

These are amazing considering that they are done with chalk. The water effects are especially impressive.

Excaliborn7 said...

I like the analogy you make the famed and talented violinist playing in the subway station. It may not necessarily be the case with Julian Beever's work, but so many great artists and artworks go unappreciated by a public who isn't able to see, or won't allow themselves to see. It's a sad thing but I think it has always been true.