The History of 3D Street Painting

Street painting is done on many surfaces and can be traced back to the renaissance era. In 1984, an artist named Kurt Wenner invented a new kind of pavement art. This form of art came to be known as anamorphic of 3D pavement art. Anamorphism is a form of perspective used by great European artists to give the illusion of soaring architecture and floating figures in ceiling murals. Kurt Wenner was inspired by this use of perspective in for ceiling murals that he invented a new geometry to create works of art that appear to rise from or fall into the ground. This geometric discovery has paved the way for 3D street painting to become a popular form of street art.

3D street art can be very realistic if done correctly. When viewing from the right vantage point, the viewer’s perception of what is real and what is an illusion will be distorted because of how accurate the 3D painting is.

Since the creation of 3D street painting almost thirty years ago, many different artists have tried their hand at bending reality creating some very cool and unique works of art.

If you want some professionally done 3D street art, contact Michael W. Kirby. Michael William Kirby is a leading public artist and street painter from Baltimore, MD, USA. He has nearly 20 years of experience creating permanent and temporary public art pieces around the world.

Michael Kirby has worked for such clients as the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC, Honda, McDonalds, Carnival Cruise Ships and been featured on the David Letterman Show, Ace of Cakes, BBC, Good Morning America, Il Tempo, Venezia Gazatte, Informador, and others. Michael Kirby is considered a leader in this rising art form and an originator of the 3D look.

Mural at the Smithsonian

Smithsonian Installation | photo by: Michael Kirby

The majority of his permanent public art pieces are in the Mid Atlantic region of the United States which includes the states of Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC. He has also developed original techniques using fiber cement in his work so that his 2D visual public art pieces can be shipped and installed in locations around the world.

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