astro's brain-bending mural turns an apartment into an architectural wormhole
 
astro's brain-bending mural turns an apartment into an architectural wormhole astro's brain-bending mural turns an apartment into an architectural wormhole
jun 28, 2016

astro's brain-bending mural turns an apartment into an architectural wormhole

astro’s brain-bending mural turns an apartment into an architectural wormhole

 

 

 

in the portuguese city of loures, a municipality just north of lisbon, ‘astro’ has realized a monumental outdoor mural for a public art initiative in the area. on the street-facing façade of a residential building, the artist has painted a brain-bending optical illusion that sees a wall seemingly penetrate a deep and dark abyss. various layers of blue pigment are optically oriented to appear as if a tunnel is running through the ordinary apartment façade.

astro street art
the project is sited in the portuguese city of loures

 

 

 

in this mural, astro mixes curves, calligraphy and dynamic geometries to express a subtle play of shadows, a strong sense of color, and the mind-warping perspective of depth. while the main part of the building is canvassed in black and white shapes that blend writing styles with anthropomorphic motifs, the ‘inner’ layers adopt a vibrant blue color that alters the quality and condition of the public piece. when viewed from the street, astro’s work for the loures arte publica project seemingly transports visitors into an alternate dimension, carrying them from the urban sidewalks of loures to a mysterious and perplexing place.

astro street art
on the street-facing façade of a residential building, the artist has painted a brain-bending optical illusion

astro street art
an ordinary wall seemingly penetrates a deep and dark abyss

astro street art
as part of the project, astro painted the exterior of a bus with a similar graphic quality

  • love it we need more of this sort of thing in our drab and uniform concrete jungles

    sworddesign says:

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