Street Artist Pejac Is Making Trees Sprout From the Bricks of New York Buildings

Pejac Street Art 3D Brick Illusion

Spanish street artist Pejac is known for using trompe l'oeil to create innovative artworks that are as beautiful as they are thought-provoking. For his first time in New York City, the artist looked at nature through two different lenses. One piece is a mind-bending illusion where Pejac seems to mold bricks into a tree, while another sees a cherry tree breaking through a metal shutter.

For Fossil, Pejac uses a simple, rectangular stencil to strategically add shadows to the side of a building in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Transforming the bricks like a piece of pin art, the outline of a tree emerges. It's a stunning 3D illusion that also serves as a warning of what may happen if we aren't careful about how we conserve nature. If we're not careful, we may find ourselves surrounded by fossils of these forgotten trees.

His second piece, located in Chinatown, takes an opposing perspective. With Inner Strength, Pejac shows the triumph of nature over man-made materials. The delicate, hand painted, branch of a cherry tree bursts forth from behind a metal shutter. Taking the composition to the next level, Pejac creates the illusion that a second shutter is slightly raised, allowing birds to fly up and perch on the blooming branches. Here, we are reminded that nature can be unstoppable.

These hypothetical futures played out across New York City remind us that street art continues to be a powerful creative and political voice. In invading the public space, Pejac forces city dwellers to stop, watch, and think. For in the end, only we can decide which future will become a reality.

Using stencils, Spanish street artist Pejac created the illusion of a brick tree on the side of a building in Brooklyn.

Pejac Street Art Illusion

Pejac Street Art 3D Brick Illusion

Pejac Street Art Illusion

A second trompe l'oeil mural shows the triumph of nature, as a cherry tree bursts forth from a metal shutter.

Pejac Street Art New York

Pejac Street Art in New York

Pejac Street Art New York

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h/t: [Street Art News, Colossal]

All images via Pejac, Raphael Gonzalez, and just_a_spectator.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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