Julian Beever’s pavement art illusions

Julian Beever is an artist with an incredible eye for perspective – so good that he can mentally invert the perspective, leading to some amazing pavement art.

First, he draws a scene with an intentionally-distorted perspective, like this:


Then, when you view it from the other direction, it appears to jump into three dimensions:


There are many more examples of Julian Beever’s amazing anamorphic illusions on his own website, and you can read more about the artist and his work in Wikipedia.

6 Responses to “Julian Beever’s pavement art illusions”

  1. pafalafaga says:

    Very cool.

    I’ve seen these before, but never from the bizarro perspective.

    I wonder, though…what happens to the cracks between the sidewalk tiles? You can see them very clearly in the painting from the ‘wrong’ perspective, but they totally disappear when viewed the right way.

    It’s a funny world.


  2. Megan says:

    wow! shown these in my RE class and was amazed!!!

  3. Joanna says:

    These pavement painting are incredible – really realistic!

  4. Hannah says:

    WOW thats amazing. how can it look like he is stepping in man i cant even draw a stick man with chalk. WOWWW i am getting dizzy staring at it for a while.

  5. ignitechick says:

    holy cow that is amazing i don’t get how he knows the exact angle so that it looks like it should i think it is way cool

  6. Jesska says:

    this is awesome…he knows the angle because he uses a camera to draw it right