Trompe L’oeil: Artistic Wall Murals Bend & Twist Reality

Trompe L’oeil, french for “deceive the eye,” is the art of creating two dimensional images with such realism that they appear to be in three dimensions. A trick often used in the backdrop of classic films before the advent of green screen technology, these illusions are found in cities across the world.

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Trompe L’oeil can be used for mundane decoration of a bedroom, or as a way to create a portal to a nonexistent world. The stunning realism can be eerie, and one will find their hand reaching to check if a window is real.

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The sides of entire buildings can be upgraded without any actual structural changes. Like a second skin, a trompe l’oeil facade can create an image of a building that doesn’t actually exist (at least, not as you see it).

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Churches have long used trompe l’oeil to reflect the majesty of heaven through imaginary skylights, or as backdrops to an otherwise plain altar.

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Classical images that were once sculpted laboriously out of stone can now be created with a delicate and careful use of trompe l’oeil techniques. For the most adept artists, any scene is possible.

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Why add a window to a drab backyard or side alley, when one can have one that opens into a gorgeous world. Feeling claustrophobic? Gaze out into the lush jungle on the other side of your wall.

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Imagine walking down the street and stumbling upon a building that looks like the surface of a disturbed pond. This is one of the most dedicated examples, and stunning in the largeness of its scale.

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Don’t step into that alley! An entire street can be created with the right application of paints, or a small side ally down to the most minute detail.