Mind-Bending Optical Illusion Murals Turn Ordinary Buildings into Giant 3D Abstractions

By Sara Barnes on July 16, 2019


Street artist Peeta transforms ordinary buildings into three-dimensional abstract forms with his optical illusion art. Once the Italian creative is finished working his painted magic, the structures are suddenly transformed into twisted forms with cutouts that make them appear as giant sculptures rather than mundane dwellings. Peeta’s latest piece showcasing his mind-bending imagery is on a building in Mannheim, Germany, painted for the 2019 Stadt.Wand.Kunst mural project.


오랜 주택을 3D 기법으로 재창조한 착시벽화 

이탈리아 거리 예술가 피타의 작품

   거리 예술가 피타는 그의 착시 예술로 평범한 건물들을 3차원 추상적인 형태로 변형시킨다. 일단 이탈리아 창작가가 그의 그림을 그린 마법을 완성하면, 그 구조들은 갑자기 평범한 주거지가 아닌 거대한 조각으로 보이게 하는 컷아웃과 함께 뒤틀린 형태로 변한다. 그의 마음을 설레게 하는 이미지를 보여주는 피타의 최근 작품은 2019년 독일 만하임의 한 건물에 있다

이 착시벽화는 2019년 Stadt.Wand.Kunst 프로젝트의 일환으로 만들어졌다.

피타는 맨하임 성벽에 처음 시선을 맞춘 후 그 벽에 사로잡혔다. 그는 마이 모던 메트에게 "그 모양과 색깔 때문에 나는 즉시 그것이 나의 겹쳐진 무형태적인 그림들과 조화롭게 상호작용할 수 있는 큰 가능성을 가지고 있다는 것을 깨달았다"고 말했다.

피타는 표면을 변형시키되 완전히 바꾸거나 왜곡하는 것은 자제하기로 했다. "그렇게 하기 위해서는 분명히 원래의 건물과 똑같은 색상을 사용함으로써 큰 역할을 해 왔다"고 그는 설명한다. 그러나 내가 선택한 모양에 의해서도, 고리는 구조물에 시각적인 무게를 더하지 않고도 단단한 구조와 날카로운 가장자리를 쉽게 깨뜨릴 수 있다. 대신, 그들은 그것을 가볍게 하여, 관계에 커다란 균형을 만들어 준다"고 설명했다.

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Peeta was captivated by the Mannheim wall after he first set sight on it. “Because of its shapes and colors,” he tells My Modern Met, “I immediately realized it had great possibilities of harmonious interaction with my overlapping anamorphic paintings.”

Peeta decided to transform the surface but refrain from completely altering or distorting it. “In order to do that, a great role has been surely played by the use of the very same colors of the original building,” he explains, “but also by the shapes I’ve chosen: rings can easily break rigid architectures and sharp edges without adding any visual weight to the structure, instead, they lighten it, creating a great balance in the relationship between solids and voids, a trompe l’oeil through simple elements.”

Each of Peeta’s optical illusion murals is designed with the location in mind, and he works collaboratively across disciplines to inform his art. “The socio-cultural and environmental study of the context,” he says, “mingles with my technical studies on perspective and light and with the geometrical calculation over any involved surface.” To do this, Peeta photographs the site he’ll be working at and uses the source material to create sketches and later 3D renderings. “[The pieces] culminates on my artistic execution with brushes and varnishes on the wall itself.”

Street artist Peeta created a three-dimensional mural on a wall in Mannheim, Germany, which was painted for the 2019 Stadt.Wand.Kunst mural project.


Optical Illusion Street Art by Peeta

Optical Illusion Street Art by Peeta

The twisted forms and cutouts are indicative of his other mind-bending optical illusion murals.

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