Seeing Is Believing (Sometimes)

German artist Edgar Mueller may have a slightly ham-handed interface for his website, but his “3D pavement art” is  incredible. This 41-year-old’s tromp l’oeil gives street art a whole new meaning.

Meuller uses the pavement as his canvas, and if the passerby looks at his work from the proper vantage point, the street painting becomes a wondrous optical illusion. He paints over a large swaths of roadway and creates underground worlds, transforming the entire environment into Ice Age, volcanic, or waterfall scenes.
Take a look at some of this unprecedented work on his site, then watch this time-lapse video (also above) showing how he (with his loyal team of helpers) made “The Crevasse” out of a highway in Germany despite a potentially ruinous rainstorm. See more of Mueller’s transformative effects below.

It seems that street art is having a renaissance. Do you know of any extraordinary examples? Include links in the comment section.

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About Steven Heller

Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.