Street art has grown in popularity since it first jumped into the public consciousness in the 1980s. Although street art can involve many different forms in public settings, such as poster art, street installations and even sculptures, the most common version usually involves chalks or paints. While many see it as simply another form of vandalism like normal graffiti, proponents argue that it breathes life into areas that are often left abandoned or are drab. They also put forward the case that it involves the public at large in art, giving a platform to artists to create works that are socially and culturally relevant to those living in the location of the work.
Whatever the case, it is hard to deny that many pieces of street art are spectacular. They fill the pavement and walls with imaginative murals or fantastic imagery, though the artwork with the most impact is arguably 3D art. These optical illusions appear as if they are part of the world rather than simply drawn on it. Such artwork can seem to be bursting from the very surface they have been painted on, creating a stunning effect that is hard to match. These are some of the best examples of 3D street art that took the breath away of everyone who experienced them.
10. Floating Whiskey
The creator of this Grant’s whiskey advertisement is Manfred Stader, a traditionally trained artist who studied at Stadek Artschool in Frankfurt. After graduating in the early 1980s, he began to work on street art in 1985 and has continued to do so for the past few decades. Using a variety of techniques he has been able to create a range of different 3D artworks and has travelled around the world. Several companies have since taken advantage of his popularity to create 3D advertising images to help promote their products.
9. Hanging Words
Sergio Odeith has become a renowned artist all around the world thanks to the various commissions he has done for the likes of Samsung and Coca-Cola. However, the Portuguese painter is probably best known for his own personal projects that generally end with a word seemingly cutting through a corner of a wall and then hanging in the air as if it is a real three-dimensional structure. The effect is almost perfect and amazes everybody who is lucky enough to view one.
8. Flying Cars
Medhi Ghadyanloo has been creating magical canvasses for the past decade, giving thousands of Iranians access to art. Using a distinct style that fuses murals with the real skyline, he has developed a reputation for fantasy-inspired work that stands out in the capital Tehran. With more than 100 images spread across the city, Ghadyanloo’s murals are an important cultural aspect considering that international sanctions on Iran mean that it is largely devoid of contemporary pieces.
7. Dead Woman
The dead woman chalk mural is just one of many works created by Argentinian artist Eduardo Rolero. He has had commissions all around the world but has done most of his work in Spain, where he currently lives. Concentrating mostly on artwork filled to the brim with social commentary and satire, his unique style includes an almost cartoonish quality that gives it a very distinctive look compared to most other street art. However, the optical illusion works equally as well to make it seem as if the characters are part of the world.
6. Huxley Collage
This collage of various Aldous Huxley inspired images is actually one huge optical illusion that uses the perspective of the entire room to create one large piece of 3D art that is absolutely stunning. It is the creation of the mysterious MTO, a French artist who has worked around Europe. Although considered controversial by some, he has used his talent to raise important issues such as racism and classism, painting pictures to highlight problems that need addressing.
5. Dies Irae
Dies Irae is the work of Kurt Wenner, a Michigan born artist who claims to be the inventor of a brand new form of 3D pastel street art. Using his own technique, he has been producing murals and images at public locations in the United States since he was just 16 years old. Having attended the Rhode Island School of Design, he perfected the use of chalks and pastels, and then moved to Rome to work in the unique alleys and squares located in the city. Here he has transformed walkways into 3D illusions that are totally unique to him.
4. Ice Crevasse
The Ice Crevasse piece was created by street artist Edgar Muller. Born in Germany in 1968, he has dedicated his life to creating fantastic works of art in public spaces after spending his childhood working on traditional works. He has created works all over Europe, in cities such as Paris and Berlin, and often concentrates on 3D art that seems to transport anyone walking by into a whole new world. This impressive example seems to show a giant crack in the ice on a public walkway, allowing those walking along to interact with it and get photographs.
3. Floating Heads
This image that appears to show two heads wearing gas masks simply floating in the air is a prime example of the work of the TSF Crew. This French group has been creating new pieces all around the country, most notably in abandoned or derelict areas. Careful planning goes into every single production as getting the perspective perfectly right is essential in order to make the optical illusions work. Having gained popularity through street art, they have had work exhibited in galleries and had work commissioned from Nintendo.
2. 3D Geometrics
What makes Alexis Facca stand out against other street artists is the fact that much of her work focuses on geometrics and shapes rather than traditional. This largely is a result of the fact that she is both a set and paper designer, often creating models entirely out of sheets of folded paper. Concentrating on painting her creations on buildings that have been left to rot, the crisp and sharp shapes contrast remarkably with their surroundings and appear to jump out from the walls.
1. White Water Rafting
Julian Beever is arguably one of the most accomplished and famous street artists in the world. Although he was born in England and learned his craft in York, he has since travelled all over Europe working as a freelance artist and has carried out much of his work in Belgium. Using chalk for his pieces, he uses a special technique known as anamorphosis to make the images appear to have three dimensions. Such is his ability that many companies have even hired him to help them promote their products in innovative advertising campaigns.