25 Pieces Of 3D Street Art That Turn Cities Into Incredible Illusions

Posted by , Updated on July 6, 2016

Art is meant to make us think about ourselves and the spaces we occupy – and these 3D street art (also known as pavement art) paintings really make us stop and look – largely because we’d be worried to fall into an abyss on a solid sidewalk! Featuring renowned 3D pavement artists such as Edgar Müller and Julian Beever, among others, this list shows some of the coolest 3D images artists make with just chalk (except #10 and #3, which are painted on). If you see an image like these on the street, you’ll have to look at the image through a camera or at an angle as our eyes can’t process the 3D aspect of it directly. Though beautiful, the art is impermanent, washing away when the next big rain comes. If you’re lucky enough to catch one while it’s still visible, snap a pic (but watch out that the alligators in #6 don’t snap back at you while you do). Dig out that old case of sidewalk chalk from your childhood and try imitating these 25 pieces of 3D street art that turn cities into incredible illusions.

25

"The Crevasse" by Edgar Müller

ice falling off glacier 3d street artImage: Nguyen Tan Tin via Flickr
24

Doctor Who chalk drawing in Australia

doctor who street artImage: moggs oceanlane via Flickr
23

Half-way finished 3D street art painting in Stuttgart, Germany

stuttgart street painterImage: Wikipedia
22

"That hemmed in feeling…" by Julian Beever

dungeon 3d street artImage: Nguyen Tan Tin via Flickr
21

"Lava Burst" by Edgar Müller

fiery street to nothing 3d street artImage: Nguyen Tan Tin via Flickr

20

"Duality" by Edgar Müller

cliff waterfall 3d street artImage: Nguyen Tan Tin via Flickr
19

Iskandar, the last king of Singapore in the fourteenth century, by Kurt Wenner at the National Museum of Singapore

forest paradise 3d street artImage: Wikipedia
18

"Making Mr. Snowman" by Julian Beever

snowman 3d street artImage: Nguyen Tan Tin via Flickr
17

"Mysterious Caves in Europe" by Edgar Müller

waterfall in cave 3d street artImage: Nguyen Tan Tin via Flickr
16

A 3D Lego army, modeled after the Terracotta Army of Qin Shi Huang, China's first emperor, by artists Leon Keer, Ruben Poncia, Remko van Schaik and Peter Westerink

finished lego 3d street artImage: Nguyen Tan Tin via Flickr
15

"DHL Boy" by Julian Beever

Julian_Beever_DHL_promotionImage: Wikipedia
14

"The Narrator" by Vera Bugatti

Vera_Bugatti_-Die_Erzähler-_35Internationale_Wettbewerb_der_Straßenmaler_of_GeldernImage: Wikipedia
13

So do Transformers "Do the Dew"?

mountain dew transformer 3d chalk artDavid Shankbone via Flickr
12

A piece by Ulla Taylor from the Fremantle Street Arts Festival

Fremantle_Street_Arts_FestivalImage: azza-bazoo via Flickr
11

3D chalk art painting of Jesus in Lima, Peru

jesus on chalk in peruImage: Dtarazona via Wikimedia
10

The Hotstepper in Manila, the Philippines

man and garbage collector street artImage: Strellevik via Flickr
9

A believable cave waterfall drawn only with chalk on the pavement

cave waterfall 3d street artImage: Nguyen Tan Tin via Flickr
8

An artist painting Jesus on the cross on the street

man painting jesus figure on street artImage: Pixabay
7

"Oh, crumbs!" by Julian Beever

whale ice fishing 3d street artImage: Nguyen Tan Tin via Flickr
6

A promotional 3D street art piece for Zebit by artists Dave and Nick in Liverpool, England

alligator 3d street artImage: Bill Hunt via Flickr
5

"Waterfall" by Edgar Müller

liferaft 3d street artImage: Nguyen Tan Tin via Flickr
4

"White water rafting" by Julian Beever

whitewater rafting 3d street artImage: Nguyen Tan Tin via Flickr
3

A 3D street art image by Markus Müller in Munich, Germany

Elisabethmarkt_Muenchen_Graffiti_hulkImage: Oliver Raupach via Wikimedia
2

"Everything has already been sold, Now all I own is my pot of gold" on steps in Berlin, Germany

berlin street artImage: Sivi Steys via Flickr
1

Chalk painting of a giant by Kurt Wenner

kurt wenner 3d street artImage: Nguyen Tan Tin via Flickr

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