3D Sidewalk Paintings
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posted by kirkaracha (17 comments total)
Wow. Those are amazing.
posted by krazykity16 at 4:23 PM on November 19, 2003

totally wonderful! this one is dizzying. thanks!
posted by amberglow at 4:30 PM on November 19, 2003

Aye. I'm amazed, those are ... um ... amazing.
posted by jacquilynne at 4:35 PM on November 19, 2003

i don't want to be the one to say it . . .
posted by _sirmissalot_ at 4:47 PM on November 19, 2003

sorry wrong thread
posted by _sirmissalot_ at 4:53 PM on November 19, 2003

Similarly, check out Scottish artist Calum Colvin. His 2D paintings on 3D space are pretty mind boggling too (kind of a reverse of these sidewalk paintings). Notably: A Caucus Race, Venus Anadyomene, Narcissus
posted by crayfish at 4:55 PM on November 19, 2003

Dude, come to my town. That stuff rocks!

However do it fast before Absolut sues you.
posted by CrazyJub at 4:59 PM on November 19, 2003

re: Calum Colvin

it's a pretty simple trick, I messed around with that in high school. All you do is make a slide of the image, project it on the 3D surface, and then trace. Also it's pretty impossible to "get" online as the real fun is trying to line it up exactly and see the image perfectly and then move just slightly out of alignment.
posted by palegirl at 5:33 PM on November 19, 2003

The pictures from Santa Barbara are all from the annual I Madonnari festival. The festival's website has its own gallery if you'd like to see more cool chalk drawings (though not necessarily 3D ones).
posted by WolfDaddy at 5:48 PM on November 19, 2003

CrazyJub, Wenner was hired by Absolut to do that. From his short biography:

Wenner was asked to create a print ad for Absolut Vodka as part of its prestigious artist ad series. Wenner joined the ranks of well known artists such as Warhol and Haring who have participated in the series. The ad, known as Absolut Wenner, began appearing in magazines in September 1996. Absolut Vodka also filmed the creation of Wenner's art for a television commercial.
posted by thebabelfish at 6:52 PM on November 19, 2003

wow, i remember seeing this one waaaay back when. amazing stuff.
posted by poopy at 6:55 PM on November 19, 2003

This is, of course, impossible.
posted by SPrintF at 9:00 PM on November 19, 2003

Yeah, poopy, Wenner was featured in Juxtapoz magazine a year or so ago, with many of the same pieces, if not the same photos. Amazing stuff, and it's kind of a shame that, as sidewalk art, it's only temporary.

Here's some more goodies on anamorphic perspective (the visual trick Wenner uses): Science and Art Closer Than You Think by Sydney Perkowitz of Emory University--an overview of anamorphic perspective and other optical tricks since the Renaissance, more on the math and geometry from Dr. Tomás García Salgado of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and last but not least, the Community Bridge in Washington DC, a huge example of trompe-l'oeil art that's probably worthy of a front page post or two in its own right.
posted by arto at 9:01 PM on November 19, 2003

Thanks, kirkaracha and y'all. Great stuff.
posted by carter at 9:17 PM on November 19, 2003

Wow, wow, wow! These are amazing. Thanks kirkaracha.
posted by lobakgo at 9:42 AM on November 20, 2003

I wonder how long these last upon completion? How sad that works of such beauty aren't permanent.
posted by debralee at 10:30 AM on November 20, 2003

Great links everyone! Wow...I wish I had just a tenth of that talent...man.
posted by dejah420 at 2:10 PM on November 20, 2003

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