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Friday, July 18, 2008

Julian Beever's pavement art

Artist Julian Beever in Birmingham with his amazing 3D pavement chalk art to celebrate Chinese New Year
Felix the Cat gate-crashing the Chinese New Year of the dog. He's popping put of the ground in a Chinese dragon costume. For three days on the 27th, 28th and 29th January 2006, Julian decorated the streets of Birmingham's Chinatown with a huge three metre by three metre Chinese dragon in celebration of Chinese New Year.

The incredible 3D effect secret is to set up a camera on a tripod and keep it in one spot and check every mark you make. It's really just playing with perspective to make it appear different to what it really is. The full effect of Julian's art is only truly appreciated when viewed through the wide angle lens on his camera

Julian Beever is an English chalk artist who has been creating trompe-l'œil(French: "trick the eye") chalk drawings on pavement surfaces since the mid-1990s. His works are created using a projection called anamorphosis, and create the illusion of three dimensions when viewed from the correct angle.

Chalk - essential tools of the trade. Julian works in chalk, so his art, which takes up to 3 days to complete, is there only as long as the elements allow. If it rains it means he has done a lot of hard work for nothing, but he usually manage to avoid that.

Julian Beever (official web site)

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