Tricking The Eye

Posted: January 20, 2010 in Uncategorized

This kind of thing has always fascinated me, so I’m happy to pass along this series of pictures that Ron Hanks recently sent. It shows huge 3D murals painted on the sides of buildings by Trompe L’oeil (trick-of-the-eye) artist John Pugh. They are amazing. Keep in mind that almost everything in the picture is actually painted onto the side of a building.

(You can click to enlarge.)

Main Street, Los Gatos , California. Even the woman peering into the ruin is part of the mural.

Taylor Hall, California State University , Chico , California . The Doric-style columns are actually nothing but paint.

Honolulu, Hawaii. This mural took two months of studio work to plan and another six months to execute with the help of 11 other artists. Featured are Queen Liliuokalani, the last monarch of the Hawaiian Islands , and Duke Kahanamoku, the ultimate father of surfing.

This mural at the Cafe Trompe L’oeil, San Jose , California , is entitled “Art Imitating Life Imitating Art Imitating Life”.  This customer doesn’t leave at closing time — she’s part of the painting.

Twenty-nine Palms, California . Valentine the bull and a patient buzzard are waiting for the artist to awake.

Bay in a Bottle, Santa Cruz , California . The passer-by is part of the mural.

Looks like a nice spot to rest your weary feet on a sidewalk in front of the Sarasota County Health Center, Florida.

Even the windows are just paint. Included, of course, is “a girl, my lord, in a flat bed Ford slowin’ down to take a look at me.” (It’s in the reflection in the window — it helps if you’re a fan of the music of the Eagles. You can listen below.)

Eagles – “Take It Easy”

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