At first glance, it looks as if some natural disaster has shaken away the walls of these buildings to reveal architecture hidden for thousands of years. And at second and third glance, it looks like that too. The same as the following two pictures:
Treasure trove: An Egyptian style mural adorns a wall in Los Gatos, California. Pugh paints people into the mural to heighten the 3D effect
Greek tragedy: But the Doric-style columns apparently exposed in this university hall are nothing but paint
But these spectacular images are not the unexpected result of an earthquake, they are 3D Murals Painting made by John Pugh.
Pugh is a master of architectural trompe l’oeil. By fully integrating his art into the architecture, the viewer is perplexed as to where reality begins. Once captivated, the viewer enters into another dimension of time and place.
I list some of his masterpiece below and if you want to see more, click here to visit his website. Just to remind you, everything below is made on a 2D surface.
Wonder wave: John Pugh’s Mana Nalu mural in Honolulu. Fire crews rushed to save the children from the mighty wave – before realising it was an optical illusion
Cafe Trompe L’oeil, San Jose, CA
Palo Alto Medical Facility, Palo Alto, CA
Trick of the eye: John inserts a passer-by into the mural painted in Santa Cruz, California, entitled Bay in a Bottle, who is watching the ocean scene
California Design International
Mandarin Gourmet Restaurant
Take a pew: This looks like a nice spot to rest your weary feet on a sidewalk in Sarasota County Health Center, Florida