If you were walking past these small and decorative windows, you might not assume that they’re fake. But, you’d be mistaken. These windows are actually paintings by the Spanish street artist Pejac. He recently stopped in Istanbul, Turkey to create three new trompe-l’il pieces in the district of Uskudar. Titled Lock, Poster, and Shutters, they’re convincing as part of the landscape; it’s only upon closer inspection that we see Pejac used brushes, acrylic paint, and sandpaper to seamlessly blend artwork and the environment.
Lock, Poster, and Shutters takes advantage of the building’s existing elements and textures to produce the illusions that we see here. Pejac intends to play with our perception of what’s real and fabricated, and he’s persuasive. Even some of the detailed photographs look as though they really could be stone. And, it’s the artist’s aim to momentarily confuse you. “Trompe-l’il literarily translates from French to ‘eye trap,'” he explains. “In the case of these three windows the trap works in both directions: from outside to inside and from inside to outside.”