Thursday, July 2, 2009

Drive-by Illusions

I’LL TELL YOU WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THESE “COMMANDEERED” BILLBOARDS. It’s graffiti without a political, personal, gang territory, tribute or other agenda. It’s about art. For the most part, billboards are already an eyesore, so why not take the ones which say nothing (or that have been neglected) and make them say something! Like these trompe’loeil billboards in Europe. The illusion of spatial depth using highlights, shadow and dark space created by this artist is truly remarkable—beautiful tricks of the eye. Add to that the fact that the audiences of these billboards are usually driving past in their automobiles, and the illusion is even harder to process. What’s left is: “what did I just see? I must go back and see that again!”

And isn’t, at least on one level, what art is all about?

See more public art here.

1 comment:

Maureen said...

Nice, for a minute I thought they were 3-D. I've seen these odd, wall pieces that are rows of 3-D strips with one scene on one side of them and another scene on the other so when you walk passed, the whole thing changes. Very touristy giftshop type stuff, kinda nasty actually.

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