Who isn’t awed by the amazing 3D street art paintings of Edgar Mueller, and other pavement artists? They create illusions which use a public space, such as urban centers, town squares, streets and sidewalks. 3D pavement art is labelled as a type of performance art in that artists work in view of the general public and people passing by - and get to see their reactions. These people often participate with the art piece by standing near the edge as if trying to avoid falling in, and also pose for photos. The paintings are also temporary, and prone to changes in weather.
Also take a look at the incredible anamorphic street paintings of Inge Wagner and Gregor Wosik!
Here is what Edgar Mueller has to say when questioned about the effect he wants his street paintings to have on people: “Beside the personal messages, questions and sometimes answers in my paintings I'm questioning experienced daily perception of people by changing the appearance of public places.”
How to Make 3D Street Art
One thing you may be wondering is how are 3D street paintings made? The basics are actually done by using rules of perspective and anamorphosis. The chalk artist chooses a vantage point, and uses rulers and guidelines to prepare the scene. The paintings are also sometimes created using washable paint. Viewers are meant to stand in a certain spot to see an illusion of three dimensional space. If they stand anywhere else, the image becomes distorted.
I remember doing this sort of thing as an art school project – but a wall was used. A group of us had to pick a wall somewhere in the college and create a 3D scene using just black hockey tape. We first chose a vantage point from eye level and drew guidelines using rules of perspective. The result actually was very effective for creating the illusion of artificial space. I can imagine the kind of effect it might have had if we had used color!
Here is a great time lapse video of sidewalk chalk artist Chris Carlson creating a painting of Super Mario and a Nintendo controller.
Also, take a look at the time lapse video below of Edgar Mueller’s The Crevasse.
Evolution - Edgar Mueller
Evolution is a 3d street art project by Edgar Mueller completed in Portobello Square, London England – July, 2012.
The Crevasse - Edgar Mueller
There is also a Youtube video, which shows how this amazing 3d chalk art was created, and people interacting with it afterwards.
The Crevasse – Making of 3d Street Art
The Waterfall - Edgar Mueller
This 3D pavement art piece was created in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada - July, 2007.
Mysterious Cave – London - Edgar Mueller
This is part of a series of cave 3d street paintings done in different locations in Europe. This one was completed in London, England in March, 2011.
Duality - Edgar Mueller
Duality is the first of Edgar Mueller’s series Unconditional Love, completed in Teplistan, Moscow - August, 2010.
Where do I go - Edgar Mueller
Another in Edgar Mueller’s Unconditional Love series is Where do I Go, a pavement painting completed in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico - December, 2010.
Phoenix - Edgar Mueller
Phoenix is also another pavement painting in Edgar Mueller’s Unconditional Love series. This one was completed in Grand Rapids, USA in 2011.
What do you think of these amazing 3D street art paintings by Edgar Mueller? To see more, you an visit him at his website here.
Check out the amazing art of street artist Banksy at this post: