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Pavement drawings - 3D Illusions

An overview of most of Julian Beever's 3D pavement drawings...

Anamorphic illusions are drawn in a special distortion in order to create an impression of 3 dimensions when seen from one particular viewpoint.

In order to appear really 3 dimensional however, they need to be viewed either through a camera (which I have set up on a tripod for people to look through) or on a mobile phone, ipad or other screen. They do not look 3D to the naked eye.

Meeting Mr Frog

Meeting Mr Frog.

About to meet Mr Newt

About to meet Mr Newt. (Cologne, Germany)

Feeding the fish

Feeding the fish. (Lisbon, Portugal)

Self-Portrait Of The Artist With Liquid Refreshment

Self-Portrait Of The Artist With Liquid Refreshment. (Brussels, Belgium)

Arctic Street Conditions with Soft Drink

Arctic Street Conditions with Soft Drink.

Oh crumbs !

Oh crumbs ! (Salamanca, Spain)

Let's be friends.

Let's be friends. This drawing was done in Tokyo for the TV show 'Unbelievable' and was a plea to Japan to appreciate the beauty of livingwhales. (Tokyo, Japan)

Pre-modernist and post-modernist

Pre-modernist and post-modernist.

Metal detecting 1

This picture is part of a series used by White's Electronics of Inverness in Treasure Hunting magazine.

Metal detecting 2

This picture is part of a series used by White's Electronics of Inverness in Treasure Hunting magazine.

Metal detecting 3

This picture is part of a series used by White's Electronics of Inverness in Treasure Hunting magazine.

Metal detecting 4

This picture is part of a series used by White's Electronics of Inverness in Treasure Hunting magazine.

Metal detecting 5

This picture is part of a series used by White's Electronics of Inverness in Treasure Hunting magazine.

Swimming-Pool In The High Street

Swimming-Pool In The High Street.

Swimming pool : wrong view

Here we see the Swimming-Pool, drawn in Glasgow, Scotland, but viewed from the "wrong" side. These drawings only work from one viewpoint otherwise the image appears strangely distorted.

Make Poverty History

This Make Poverty History drawing was requested by Live8 to support the pressure campaign on the G8 in Edinburgh. It was done in Edinburgh City Centre.

Make Poverty History : wrong view

Here we see the same Make Poverty History drawing from the side : it was 13m (40 feet) long.

Is this the real thing ?

Is this the real thing ?

Girl on a beach mat

Girl on a beach mat.

Little and Large

Little and Large. (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Time Square in Time Square

Time Square in Time Square. (New York City)

Push the boat out

Push the boat out.

Waste of water...

Waste of water...

Taking the plunge

Taking the plunge. (Montréal, Canada)

Beneath every street

Beneath every street... (San Antonio, Texas)

White water rafting

White water rafting. (Charleston, West Virginia)

Batman and Robin

Batman and Robinto the rescue. (London, UK)

The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man drawn in 3D outside The Tate Modern. (London, UK)

Underground Bank at Bank Underground

Underground Bank at Bank Underground. (London, UK)

Ballantine's

Ballantine's : leaving an impression in Montevideo (Uruguay).

Still Life with Butterfly

Still Life with Butterfly. This drawing in Amsterdam is thought to be the first anamorphic still-life ever to be drawn on a pavement. The real-life arrangement was set up in situ. This drawing was the subject of Episode 6 of the Gallery HD television series Concrete Canvas shown in the USA.

The real life arrangement for Still Life with Butterfly.

The real life arrangement for Still Life with Butterfly.

Eiffel Tower Sand-Sculpture

Eiffel Tower Sand-Sculpture. This drawing in Paris was the subject of Episode 8 of the Gallery HD television series Concrete Canvas shown in the USA.

Meeting Madame Butterfly

Meeting Madame Butterfly. This drawing in Mexico City was the subject of Episode 9 of the Gallery HD television series Concrete Canvas shown in the USA.

Concrete Canvas episode 1

This drawing was the subject of Episode 1 of the Gallery HD television series Concrete Canvas shown in the USA. (Philadelphia, USA)

That hemmed in feeling

That hemmed in feeling... (Belfast, Northern Ireland)

Worldcard

Drawing for Worldcard in Istanbul (Turkey).

Beneath every carpark

Beneath every carpark... (Montréal, Canada)

Ants

Ants : a colony of leaf-cutter ants builds a bridge in Buenos Aires (Argentina).

Julian Beever's Anamorphic Breakfast

Julian Beever's Anamorphic Breakfast. This drawing is, unusually, on paper. It was featured on NBC's Today show.

Rescue

This drawing of a Rescue was to be viewed using an inverting mirror.

The World's Biggest Fly-Spray

The World's Biggest Fly-Spray.

Could be in any city anywhere

Could be in any city anywhere. (the World)

Placing the Orders.

Placing the Orders. This one was published in The Daily Mail on Christmas Eve 2007.

Making Mr. Snowman

Making Mr. Snowman. This picture appeared in The Daily Mail on 22nd December 2008.

Christmas Eve in Santa's workshop

Christmas Eve in Santa's workshop. This picture appeared in The Daily Mail on 22nd December 2011.

A slight accident

A slight accident on a building site in Vienna (Austria).

A slight accident in a Railway

A slight accident in a Railway Station in Zurich (Switzerland).

Two worlds

Two worlds. (Athens, Greece)

Yorkshire Water

This drawing for Yorkshire Water was never fully finished and did not get beyond this rough stage. It was stopped ironically, by Yorkshire water in the form of heavy Sheffield rain which did not permit its completion. (Sheffield, UK)

Catching Crabs

Catching Crabs. (Porto, Portugal)

Fish Supper at the Beach

Fish Supper at the Beach.(Cascais, Portugal)

Three Worlds

Three Worlds : inspired by and drawn in homage to the great artist M.C.Escher.

Kate's Last Crawl

Kate's Last Crawl.

Kate's Last Crawl-wrongview

Although not a large drawing, Kate's Last Crawl was one of the most extreme anamorphic distortions with the image stretched to about 15 metres.

Explosion in Paris

Explosion in Paris. This drawing was done in Montparnasse, Paris to mark the tenth anniversary of the explosion at the AZF factory in Toulouse in 2001. (Paris, France)

Strangalia.

Strangalia. Police arrived in Cabbage Street, Brussels yesterday after reports that an unusually large specimen of Strangalia maculata, the Longhorn Beetle, had been seen scurrying across the road, frightening shoppers. Before apprehension, the insect mysteriously disappeared during a downpour. It has not been seen since. Police have not confirmed or denied the report.:strangalia

The Great Green Grasshopper

The Great Green Grasshopper lives up to its name.

The Great Green Grasshopper-wrong view.

The Great Green Grasshopper ; wrong view. Here we see it from behind and the anamorphic distortion can be seen.

Back off, creep

Back off, creep !

Snail wrong view

Snail wrong view. To draw parts of the snail on the shiny bench, paper had to be cut out and stuck in place on top of and on the side of the bench. Further back, a standing steel pillar in the street was incorporated to make one of the snail's horns.

Wheel of Fortune

Wheel of Fortune. This was done in Santiago, Chile for the Telecommunications company 3M as part of their "Ingenuity" campaign. It was the most difficult drawing I have ever attempted.

The Leaning Slice of Pizza

The Leaning Slice of Pizza. Drawn in Zurich, Switzerland for Coop.

The Olympic Torch in Leicester

The Olympic Torch in Leicester.

What Lies Beneath

What Lies Beneath... This was drawn for the Terryglass Arts Festival in County Tipperary, Ireland.

Relaxing on a Dublin Beach

Relaxing on a Dublin Beach. (Dublin, Ireland)

Pond in the Rain

Pond in the Rain. This drawing recreates a strong childhood memory for me.

The artist and his helper

The artist and his helper.

Lift off from Cape Dover

Lift off from Cape Dover.This drawing was used to raise money for the BBC Children In Need Appeal 2013 (Thanks to KCCH for their cooperation). (Dover, UK)

Hoping Not to Feed the Fish

Hoping Not to Feed the Fish. Don't worry, it's a filter feeder... I think! (Drawn for Arts Week in Dubai, UAE).

Lament to the Lost River Sherbourne

Lament to the Lost River Sherbourne. A reminder of the once beautiful river that is now buried beneath Coventry after the post-war planners got to work. Drawn as part of the Coventry Mysteries Festival 2014. (Coventry, UK)

Mind That Wall

Mind That Wall ! This one was painted as part of Julian Beever's tour of China at the world's largest school of driving. (Beijing, China)

Harvey's Last Stand

Harvey's Last Stand. (Dover, UK)

Harveys Last Stand wrong view

Harveys Last Stand wrong view.

Grave Robber

Grave Robber. This drawing commissioned by the Museo Civico Archeologico Etnologico di Modena shows authentic archaeological discoveries made in the town below the ground where this was drawn (on canvas).

The Spider Spied Her

The Spider Spied Her (at a Dover school, UK)

Who's Painting Who

Who's Painting Who ? Historians have long wondered just how Michaelangelo managed to paint his famous Mona Lisa on the wall of the Sistine Chapel. Here a possible method is demonstrated (in the Brunel Swindon, UK).

Dance of the Butterflies.

Dance of the Butterflies. This picture was painted (not drawn) at Castel Romano outside Rome for MacArthurGlen.

Still There in the Morning

Still There in the Morning. You never know what you 'll find when you return to the drawing the next day. In this case I was lucky. Only the plastic rain sheet had been damaged... Or had it ?

Pavement Chalk Artist book

Pavement Chalk Artist - The Three-Dimensional Drawings of Julian Beever, by Julian Beever, Firefly Books. Now in 3rd edition.

 
 
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