3D Sidewalk Chalk Art: 4 of the World’s Most Talented Street Artists

Published 13 years ago

Today we want to show you 4 of the world’s most talented 3D sidewalk chalk artists who have crafted the ability to trick the eyes of passersby into seeing 3 dimensional sceneries and objects on a completely flat asphalt.  Their works are created using a projection called anamorphosis, and create the illusion of three dimensions when viewed from the correct angle.  Art of this style can be produced by taking a photograph of an object or setting at a sharp angle, then putting a grid over the photo, another, elongated grid on the footpath based on a specific perspective, and reproducing exactly the contents of one into the other, one square at a time. [1]

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Edgar Mueller

Edgar Müller was born in Mülheim/Ruhr on 10 July 1968, and grew up in the rural city of Straelen on the western edge of Germany. His fascination with painting began in his childhood, with paintings of rural scenes of Straelen. Around the age of 25, Müller decided to devote himself completely to street painting. He traveled all over Europe, making a living with his transitory art.

Website: metanamorph.com

Ice Age


Lava Burst


Mysterious Caves

Kurt Wenner

Kurt Wenner was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and boasts to be the inventor of three-dimensional pastel drawings. He produced his first commissioned mural at the age of sixteen, and by seventeen was earning his living as a graphic artist. He attended both Rhode Island School of Design and Art Center College of Design. According to his website, 3D Pavement Artists, 3D Sidewalk Artists, and 3D Chalk artists can all trace the roots of their work back to the street art of Rome in 1982, where Kurt Wenner transformed the complex geometry of Classical Italian Architecture into a new form of Popular Art. Whether they are called Street Paintings, Chalk Paintings, Sidewalk Paintings or pavement art, if they have a three-dimensional illusion they can be traced back to Kurt Wenner pastel drawings.

Website: kurtwenner.com

Dies Irae




Sky Comp With Figures

Nike LeBron James

Czech Cursor Installation

Office Stress


Smoothie Ad

Gears Of War Ad



Black Hole

Julian Beever

Julian Beever is an English, Belgium-based chalk artist who has been creating trompe-l’œil chalk drawings on pavement surfaces since the mid-1990s. He is also probably the most famous on the Internet of all four 3D street artists featured in this article.

Website: julianbeever.net

Swimming Pool

Self  Portrait

Slight Accident On A Building

Idea Festival

Scotch Skyscraper





Nokia N.Series


Eiffel Tower


Daily Mail

White River Rafting

Manfred Stader

Manfred Stader began street painting, pavement art during his art studies at the famous Städel Artschool in Frankfurt, at the beginning of the 1980s and in 1985 he already became one of the few master street painters.

Website: 3d-street-art.com

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