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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Unbelievable World Of 3D Street Art

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3D street art — alternatively known as pavement, chalk or sidewalk art — is a form of anamorphic art that sprawls over sidewalks, walls, and public spaces. In this form, artists use chalk or pastels to render pictures that use mathematical continuation of perspective to give the illusion of three-dimensionality. Though the medium is widely regarded as a modern art, street art traces its origins back to the Renaissance.

Julian Beever

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Julian Beever is an English artist who has been creating 3D works since the mid 90s. He first designs his work on paper, then places a camera on the pavement to observe the image from the lens, and distorts the angles to aid in creating perspective. Beever’s artworks are very interactive and are on display in Australia, England, Europe and America.

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Manfred Stader

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Another talented German artist, Stader began pavement art while studying art at Städel Artschool in Frankfurt in 1980s. His work rivals the best anamorphic art in the world, and presents simple everyday images in their three dimensional glory.

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3D street art — alternatively known as pavement, chalk or sidewalk art — is a form of anamorphic art pioneered by American Kurt Wenner. Sprawling over sidewalks, walls, and public spaces, artists use chalk or pastels to render pictures that use mathematical continuation of perspective to give the illusion of three-dimensionality. Though the medium is widely regarded as a modern art, street art traces its origins back to the Renaissance.

Renaissance Roots

The penchant for putting chalk to sidewalk was practiced widely by Italian vagabond artists. Known as the Madonnari because of their copious reproductions of Madonna, the artists would travel between festivals, creating religious works from brick, charcoal, colored stones and chalk. Giving credence to the ‘starving artist’ stereotype, the Madonnari lived solely off the coins passers-by tossed at them for their skill. This practice continued for centuries until the hardships of WW2 significantly reduced the numbers of the Madonnari. However, the art form was revitalized thanks to the International Street Painting Festival in Northern Italy, and the tradition has morphed and continued to date.

Founding Father: Kurt Wenner

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The pioneer of 3D street art, Kurt Wenner saw the artistic possibilities of combining the traditional street technique of the Madonnari, with his classical training in architecture and perspective. Born in Michigan, Wenner studied at the Art Centre College of Design and Rhode Island School of Design, and had a short stint at NASA before leaving to study art in Italy in 1982. He first introduced the concept of 3D pavement art the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and founded the first street painting festival, The Old Mission Festival, in the US in 1980.

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