Awesome Street Art : 3D Optical illusion by Kurt Wenner

A new book collects the 3D street art of Kurt Wenner, a former NASA employee, who uses his mathematical skill to create three-dimensional illusions on pavements across the world.

When viewed from the correct angle, people standing on top of them look like they are floating in thin air, and solid concrete can look like gaping chasms. Kurt has been perfecting his technique since 1982. Now, using the skills he has perfected over 30 years, he is able to create stereoscopic images, such as the one above enabling people to walk along imaginary webs slung by Spiderman.

Awesome Street Art : 3D Optical illusion by Kurt Wenner
street art – spiderman

For 25 years the artist has been using complex calculations from his old job – creating conceptual drawings of extraterrestrial landscapes at NASA – to bring floors and walls to life. Because of the emergence of computer-generated images, he was one of the very last artists to be trained how to mechanically replicate perspectives using pencil and paper and complex equations. But in 1982 he turned his back on space projects and, after selling all his belongings, moved from the USA to Italy where he applied his knowledge to art.

Awesome Street Art : 3D Optical illusion by Kurt Wenner
Perfect 3d art

He says: “The pieces look real because they are calculated to be perfectly and mathematically accurate. It’s exactly how they would look if the objects in my paintings were actually there. I use a piece of string to measure fixed points between the viewing location and the painting. This lets me calculate exactly how the perspective should be. It takes me around five to seven days to complete an average sized piece.

Awesome Street Art : 3D Optical illusion by Kurt Wenner
Art:Combination of world

This was the first interactive 3D street painting, combining real people with their painted reflections. It was created during a street painting festival for a Swiss-German documentary in 1987 at Grazie Di Curtatone, Italy

Awesome Street Art : 3D Optical illusion by Kurt Wenner
Awesome Street painting :3d

A Door to the Caribbean in New York City, April 2011. The pavement in front of the New York Stock Exchange was transformed into a luxury cruise ship, transporting the public to exotic destinations

Awesome Street Art : 3D Optical illusion by Kurt Wenner
3d art:cruise ship and luxury door

The three magi bring gifts to the children of Queretaro, Mexico, in December 2010

Awesome Street Art : 3D Optical illusion by Kurt Wenner
Street art : Celebration

The Woman Driver in Bahrain, March 2008. This illusion of an F1 racecar had a hole cut out for the public to sit in and pose for pictures.

Awesome Street Art : 3D Optical illusion by Kurt Wenner
3d art: Lady Driver

This work was created in Rome in March 2008 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s arrival in Milan

Awesome Street Art : 3D Optical illusion by Kurt Wenner
Perfect art : Leonardo da Vinci

Cyclist Bradley Wiggins leaves the Southbank for a ride through the rainforest, on a work called A Forest Path, October 2010

Awesome Street Art : 3D Optical illusion by Kurt Wenner
Street art : Forest path

Kurt sits on a work called The Armchair Traveller in Waterloo Station, London, in January 2010

Awesome Street Art : 3D Optical illusion by Kurt Wenner
Street art : Expressions

The Moneypit in Waterloo Station, October 2008. This image, showing a bank guard standing over a pit of banknotes, was the first stereoscopic work of pavement art ever created with Colorcode glasses.

Awesome Street Art : 3D Optical illusion by Kurt Wenner
Money on street : perfect art

 

An early 3D anamorphic work in Lucerne, Switzerland, 1985

lovely art.
lovely art.

This is one of three interactive pavement art pieces commissioned for Buick motor company in 2009 in Herald Square in New York

Great interactive art:Herald Square in New York.
Great interactive art:Herald Square in New York.

A model of the Herald Square work. The pavement art was combined with a vertical panel for extra height, to take advantage of the limited space

Great model art of the Herald Square work.
Great model art of the Herald Square work.
Luxury way to the world of art.
Luxury way to the world of art.
Amazing art-Great ride.
Amazing art-Great ride.

Aqua Panna at the V Wine Cellars in Napa, California.

Awesome wine art: Acqua panna
Awesome art: Acqua panna

A drawing for a piece of 3D art of a dragon in 2010 in Taiwan.

Best 3D Art: Dragon
Best 3D Art: Dragon

A Million Signatures in Brussels, Belgium, in November 2010. The European Commission was presented with a million signatures requesting further study of genetically modified crops.

Awesome art: Crops in city
Awesome art: Crops in city

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