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Pavement Art

Take a look. Then take another look. Perhaps even watch closely thrice. Is it real, or is it an illusion…?


I started a small investigation on the internet, where soon the name of Julian Beever swam to the surface. And all I can say is WOW.

Julian Beever has made pavement drawings for over twenty years. He has worked all over the world. The pavement drawings have included both renderings of old masters plus a wealth of original inventive pieces of work. There are large pastel portraits in homage to or in obituary to the famous. But the most amazing ones are anamorphic illusions drawn in a special distortion in order to create an impression of three dimensions when seen from one particular viewpoint.

There are many art pieces to be shown, but these I like the best. Just click on an image to start the slideshow.

Are you as pleasantly surprised as I am? Then you may find even more art on Julian Beever’s website.

I’m especially charmed by the grasshopper. And the snail. Plus the coke. Hehehe, seems I can’t choose. Which pavement drawing is your favorite?


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42 thoughts on “Pavement Art

  1. what an awesome artist! thanks for sharing his work – my fav? hmmm, love the grasshopper, with the little girl’s expression as she reaches for it 🙂


  2. Amazing art isn’t it? Great post, Marion. 🙂 I had seen something very similar before as well, but none of the images you have shared here. Thanks for sharing 🙂


  3. He’s amazing isn’t he? I’ve actually looked him up before, but thank you for showing me again. I actually can’t pick a favourite – they’re all so good!!


  4. Yes, this guy has been doing this for a long time now. I saw a special on the TV a few years ago about his art and it is really fun to watch video of people who see this and tip toe around the water or the side of a building, it looks that real.

    Thanks for bringing this back to mind. This fellow is brilliant.

    Much love,


              1. Hey die slak is mooi hè!
                Die is in Brussel gemaakt, wij waren daar een weekendje (15 okt 2011)..

                Julian Beever is echt super!


                  1. Ja hè? Ik kende hem niet, maar ik herkende Julian van andere online pics. Toen ben ik gaan googelen op zijn naam en de slak en zodoende kwam ik op deze site. Ik begrijp nu dat hij uit de UK komt en wij vet mazzel hebben gehad!


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