Check out these amazing 3D street paintings... From an opening vault to a Big Lunch picnic, they combine the mastery of traditional art with the gritty qualities of street art. The artists produce three-dimensional impressions on a two-dimensional surface, so when viewed from a specific angle the picture appears in perspective. Amazing!

American artist Kurt Wenner is most well known for his invention of interactive 3D pavement art illusions. He began street painting in Rome, and by 1984 was one of a few recognised artists of 3D street painting. The techniques used today can be traced back to Wenner’s invention of devising a unique geometry that creates an illusion on a horizontal surface, this was inspired by techniques used on ceilings when painting large murals to create the illusion of height.

In this image the artist poses in his 3D illustration of an open vault containing British currency fluttering out at Waterloo station, London.

U.S. street artist Kurt Wenner poses in his 3D illustration of an open vault containing British currency fluttering out at Waterloo station, London

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Here a woman poses with in the same 3D illustration (as the artist above) with the open vault that the notes are fluttering out of at Waterloo station, London.

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3D art creates a unique opportunity to witness art being produced and to interact with the artist. Wenner has created pieces of fine art as well as advertising campaigns, like this art work in north London created for the launch of The Big Lunch – a five metre squared 3D design to encourage people to sit down with their neighbours for lunch on one day a year.

Kurt Wenner launches The Big Lunch 2010 with his street art, a five by five metre 3D art work, in Islington, north London.

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3D art encourages the viewer to interact with the installation and has become a very popular way of promoting films, products and events. British artist Joe Hill who holds the Guinness Book of Records for the largest 3D street art, has worked with many companies to do just that. Here Agyness Deyn poses outside London’s Corinthia Hotel and appears to be standing on top of a chandelier floating above the room below, to promote the play she was starring in, The Leisure Society.

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German street artist Manfred Stader started his career on a more traditional path of painting and sculpture, before he began street painting in Italy, where he was awarded the title ‘Master Madonnaro (Street painter). He created this 3D drawing in Covent Garden, London, to celebrate a promotion by Costa Coffee using chalk and coffee roasting waste product.

Pavement artist Manfred Stader creates a giant 3D coffee cup in London's Covent Garden Piazza for Costa Coffee.

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In New York pedestrians posed on top of the See’s Candies 3D street art of giant lollipops in Times Square to celebrate National Lollipop Day, created by 3D Joe & Max.

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Watch this great timelapse video of 3D street art being created….

 

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