Julian Beever is a English chalk artist who has been creating chalk drawings on pavement since the mid-1990s that create the illusion of three dimensions when viewed from the right location.
Julian Beever’s Illusions:
The ‘make poverty history’ drawing was requested by Live8 to support the pressure campaign on the G8 in Edinburgh. The drawing was done in Edinburgh City Centre, how big does the drawing look? If you take a look at it from the side, it is 13m (40 feet) long.
The illusion of the Politicians Meeting their End was drawn outside The Bank of England and was commissioned by Channel 4’s Midnight Special for the night of the 1997 General Election.
His illusionary drawings require a lot of hard work, it can take him a whole day just to create one. Sometimes Julian’s art is not welcomed, a common outcome when starting a drawing in a new town. In the image below, you can see the Birmingham City Council (UK) closing down the drawing after an entire day’s work.
Many a times they also disappear under the pedestrians feet.
He has also made 3D depictions of movies, like the Transformers with Mountain Dew, Spiderman and Batman below.
This drawing of Batman and Robin shows Julian on a ledge waiting for Batman and Robin to come and rescue him. He’s managed to create the illusionary effect perfectly well.
Below are some of the other mind-blowing street paintings Julian has done –
A Video of Julian Beever at Work: