The ground is opening up, flashes of lava, waves of water, is our world really coming to an end?! Certainly not, but one might think so when seeing this apocalyptic image. This is what anamorphic art does, it makes you look twice and think twice, maybe even more. There are many different types of anamorphic art out there, but the main idea of this is that it is an optical illusion to the eye. In order to view this type of art properly, it has to be seen from a certain perspective. If it isn’t, the image appears distorted and skewed. Most anamorphic street art is also created using chalk or paint, depending on whether the artist intends for it to be permanent or not. This is a piece that was composed by a German street artist that specializes in the technique anamorphosis, Edgar Mueller. This was created in recognition of the 30th annual International Street Painting Festival that was held in Geldern, Germany. It is know as “Lava Burst”.
Being an anamorphic street artists has its challenges, but it simply amazing how they are able to use their environment to their advantage. The way the entire street is used provides so much depth and really draws the viewer into the image. Look at the way they have drawn around the cars on the street and the placements of ground opening up. It follows all the way up to the actual buildings on either side, making this illusion look even more real. The use of bright red and orange colors help to intensify the illusion of lava as if it is really pouring out of the earth. This artist does an amazing job of incorporating texture within the rushing body of water that takes up the entire length of the street. Also, the dark colors and layers of rock walls where the lava is pouring out of helps to give the image true depth and blend in with the street. All of these techniques are what provide this artwork with a realistic effect. It’s amazing, complexly amazing.
I chose this piece because I have always had a fascination with street art, of any multitude. There is something about it that has always drawn my interest. Whether it be unplanned graffiti or a well thought out mural, there is always a story behind it that personally connects itself to the artist who created it. It’s just inspiring, simply inspiring. The fact that it is art composed in the streets helps to provide me with just a small sense of how big our world really is and the true creativity that is revealed when people use our world as a surface for art. Street art in my mind, shows a different perspective of what art and reality really have to offer. What I love about this piece is its structural uniqueness. This artwork’s structure IS the street it is created on. The placement of the image within this environment as well as its enormous scale are so absorbing that it lures the viewer all the way to the very end of the street. Its beautiful details incorporated along the way. This is a stunning example and just a small piece of what can be found within the streets we live in.
1. How long do you think it actually took street artist, Edgar Mueller to complete this work of art?
2. How is the street prepped in order for the artist to paint on top of its surface?
3. How do artists know they are creating these optical illusions properly using only the one specific perspective?
The process of “Lava Burst”
Edgar Mueller Art