This Tehran building mural is so well-executed that I had to take a moment to digest that it was a work of art and not some impossible, kooky architectural design. Located in Iran, this piece cleverly relies on an optical illusion that will have the residents doing double-takes.
Unfortunately, there is not much more information about the Tehran building mural besides where it resides. Check out the featured gallery to get a glimpse of this interesting artwork.
Building work is going on the corner of the Portland Street and Charlotte Street block in Manchester. Instead of scaffolding protected by plastic sheets, technological advances have led to giant photo montage reproductions of the actual building being renovated underneath.
Shop signs are then mounted on top, as we see here with the Ciao Bella and Ocean restaurants. This also goes around the corner where there is a giant advertisement hoarding the top of the mural, which is a shame.
At first glance, it looks like an earthquake destroyed the walls of this building. Amazingly, it’s just an optical illusion – even the woman looking inside is fake.
The paintings, which have fooled many, were created by Californian-born artist John Pugh, who specializes in trompe l’oeil or “trick of the eye” art. He works on large scale murals in public and residential areas and his paintings can be seen all over the world from New Zealand to Hawaii, with many telling a story of the area where they are positioned.
The building was designed by American muralist Richard John Haas in 1985. His murals have been commissioned as decoration for numerous public buildings in the United States. These include Chase Field, the Robert C. Byrd Federal Building & Courthouse in Beckley, West Virginia, the main branch of the New York Public Library, the Lakewood Public Library (Ohio), the Sarasota County, Florida Judicial Center and the former Board of Education building in Brooklyn, NY. One of his most renowned works, “Brooklyn Bridge,” couples his artistic genius with his architectural background.
Trompe l’oeil is a visual illusion, often painted on the plain side of a building. You think what you are seeing is a three-dimensional scene. This example was photographed with a Pentax Optio S30 during June, 2005 on Roundstone Street, Trowbridge, Wiltshire.
In Lyon the walls tell stories, mostly very tall tales. While painting on walls is as old as time, the city has taken the art of modern urban wall painting to new heights with nearly 60 outdoor murals. Some are breathtaking flights of fancy; others are marvelous examples of trompe l’oeil, depictions of everyday life so realistic you could almost walk into them.