Edgar Mueller's Amazing 3D Sidewalk Paintings

3D Street Art Artist Edgar Mueller - Paintings
The 3D street painting "Crevasse" by artist Edgar Mueller is seen in this undated picture during the "Festival of culture" from August 21-24, 2008 in Dun Laoghaire, Irland. Edgar Mueller put a part of the eastern Pier into the ice age. This project has been supported by the Goethe Institution Germany. (Getty Images)more pics »Nope, a huge ice crevasse didn't open along a pier in Ireland. This is the work German wunderkind Edgar Mueller, a street artist who uses old-school painting techniques to create some seriously sweet paintings.

3D Street Art Artist Edgar Mueller - Paintings
The 3D street painting "Crevasse" by artist Edgar Mueller is seen in this undated picture during the "Festival of culture" from August 21-24, 2008 in Dun Laoghaire, Irland. Edgar Mueller put a part of the eastern Pier into the ice age. This project has been supported by the Goethe Institution Germany. (Getty Images)more pics »

Spread out over 250 square meters (or about 2700 square feet), Mueller uses anamorphic technique to create paintings that have the illusion of depth when viewed from exactly the right angle.

3D Street Art Artist Edgar Mueller - Paintings
The 3D street painting "Turning Riverstreet into a river" (The waterfall) by artist Edgar Mueller is seen in this undated picture. "Turning Riverstreet into a river" is the largest 3d-street-painting ever done. About 280 m² are covered with paint. Edgar Mueller realized it together with local artists at the Moose Jaw Prairie Arts Festival in 2007. . (Getty Images)more pics »The illusion falls apart when you catch it from the wrong angle. Above is Mueller's "The Waterfall," seen from the top of the painting. But if you were to walk around to where the artist is standing, you would see the image below:

3D Street Art Artist Edgar Mueller - Paintings
The 3D street painting "Turning Riverstreet into a river" (The waterfall) by artist Edgar Mueller is seen in this undated picture. "Turning Riverstreet into a river" is the largest 3d-street-painting ever done. About 280 m² are covered with paint. Edgar Mueller realized it together with local artists at the Moose Jaw Prairie Arts Festival in 2007. . (Getty Images)more pics »Mueller also works with lenses, using a special conical lens to for his work "Use Your Eyes," in Geldern, Germany.


The 3D street painting "Use your eyes" by artist Edgar Mueller is seen in this undated handout picture. Edgar Mueller painted it for five days to create this illusion during a competition of street artists August 2008 in Geldern, Germany. With about 400 sqm this 3D picture is even more tremendous than the first of this series of large sized pictures - the waterfall.(Getty Images) more pics »

Anamorphic technique dates back to the Renaissance. It was first used by Leonard Da Vinci in his painting "Leonardo's Eye" and can been seen in churches across Europe, the most famous being the false dome in the Church of St. Ignazio in Rome .

3D Street Art Artist Edgar Mueller - Paintings
The 3D street painting "Crevasse" by artist Edgar Mueller is seen in this undated picture during the "Festival of culture" from August 21-24, 2008 in Dun Laoghaire, Irland. Edgar Mueller put a part of the eastern Pier into the ice age. This project has been supported by the Goethe Institution Germany. (Getty Images)more pics »

Mueller isn't the only contemporary artist creating 3D sidewalk art. His peers include Julian Beever and Kurt Wenner.

You see exactly how Mueller does it in the video showing his work on "The Crevasse" below:

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  • 3D Street Art Artist Edgar Mueller - Paintings
  • 3D Street Art Artist Edgar Mueller - Paintings
  • 3D Street Art Artist Edgar Mueller - Paintings
  • 3D Street Art Artist Edgar Mueller - Paintings
  • 3D Street Art Artist Edgar Mueller - Paintings
  • 3D Street Art Artist Edgar Mueller - Paintings
  • 3D Street Art Artist Edgar Mueller - Paintings
  • 3D Street Art Artist Edgar Mueller - Paintings
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