Mind-Bending Optical Illusion Murals Turn Ordinary Buildings into Giant 3D Abstractions

Optical Illusion Street Art by Peeta

Street artist Peeta transforms ordinary buildings into three-dimensional abstract forms with his optical illusion art. Once the Italian creative is finished working his painted magic, the structures are suddenly transformed into twisted forms with cutouts that make them appear as giant sculptures rather than mundane dwellings. Peeta’s latest piece showcasing his mind-bending imagery is on a building in Mannheim, Germany, painted for the 2019 Stadt.Wand.Kunst mural project.

Peeta was captivated by the Mannheim wall after he first set sight on it. “Because of its shapes and colors,” he tells My Modern Met, “I immediately realized it had great possibilities of harmonious interaction with my overlapping anamorphic paintings.”

Peeta decided to transform the surface but refrain from completely altering or distorting it. “In order to do that, a great role has been surely played by the use of the very same colors of the original building,” he explains, “but also by the shapes I’ve chosen: rings can easily break rigid architectures and sharp edges without adding any visual weight to the structure, instead, they lighten it, creating a great balance in the relationship between solids and voids, a trompe l'oeil through simple elements.”

Each of Peeta’s optical illusion murals is designed with the location in mind, and he works collaboratively across disciplines to inform his art. “The socio-cultural and environmental study of the context,” he says, “mingles with my technical studies on perspective and light and with the geometrical calculation over any involved surface.” To do this, Peeta photographs the site he’ll be working at and uses the source material to create sketches and later 3D renderings. “[The pieces] culminates on my artistic execution with brushes and varnishes on the wall itself.”

Street artist Peeta created a three-dimensional mural on a wall in Mannheim, Germany, which was painted for the 2019 Stadt.Wand.Kunst mural project.

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The twisted forms and cutouts are indicative of his other mind-bending optical illusion murals.

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Peeta.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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