I have been a street painter for over thirty years and a pioneer of 3D street art. I painted my first 3D street painting in Canada in 2007. At that time there were only a handful of 3D street artists. What fun! I travel the world and paint large format street paintings in other countries.
A shallow image on the ground becomes a deep gorge or a raging waterfall as soon as you photograph it from the right point. That’s how easy it is to trick perception. As an artist, I naturally seek the attention of the viewer. The three-dimensional effect of my images challenges our brain. What’s going on, it wonders. After all, that’s a flat picture painted on the floor. How can it be that I see a waterfall there. This is due to the data processing of the brain itself. It collects fractions of the sensory impressions – mainly those of the eyes and constructs an image of the environment from these. In doing so, it relies on empirical values that I, as an artist, use to fool the viewer into thinking that there is a deep chasm ahead. In my 3D street painting I use perspective laws that our brain accepts as set in stone. What you see is what you get.
Contrary to the cliché that street painters just paint a picture somewhere on their own, we are usually booked for various events. Sometimes, however, a place excites me so much that I then finance everything myself and paint a 3D image even in winter in an open-cast tufa mine.
Then as now, 3D street art fascinates young and old. The illusion on the floor is a challenge for the brain.
A collection of photos favorite projects of 3D street art you can find here.
You want to commission 3D street art for your event, festival or function?
Nobody passes by a 3D street painting. A selfie in the middle of the perfect illusion is gladly shared. Children are not the only ones who enjoy watching me work. Curious glances wander over the picture and land on my hands, which are just adding another detail to the picture.
How does he do it to make it look so real? I will be happy to answer any questions the audience may have. My favorite thing to do is paint on location. The creation of a 3D image makes many curious. But painting a 3D street painting takes time.
Public spaces cost money for a special use permit. For an event, a place is rented only for a short time or the company party is held elsewhere. That’s why often the best solution is to paint the 3D image in my studio beforehand.
A PVC painting base allows for easy transportation. Mostly it’s a few rolls, two meters long and weighing about 25 kg, so nothing that makes special demands on a transport company or courier. Since the installation is literally child’s play, almost anyone can do it. This also eliminates the costs for travel and hotel.
You would like to realize 3D street art at your event and present a real eye-catcher to your guests? I will be happy to make you an offer.
My blog about 3D street painting / 3D street art. Here I collect impressions, experiences from my projects, as well as thoughts about my art.
When I paint a 3D street scene, a lot of things can happen. Not only rain is part of it, but also everything that happens around it.
What is the nature of the soil? Is there anything special to report from the place where I paint? What thoughts come to me when I paint?
When I paint somewhere, I get asked a lot of questions. This is not surprising – since 3D street art is still quite new and many see such a three-dimensional image for the first time.
What if it rains? Can you make a living from it? How do you do that with the 3D effect? So many questions that I like to answer here.