Eye Deceiving Wall Murals by John Pugh

Apr 5, 2011 4 comments

California based artist John Pugh specializes in the art of in ‘trompe l’oeil’, which means 'to deceive the eye’ in French. Pugh uses his skills to create huge 3D scenes on the side of buildings that fools the eye. Take for instance the wall mural painted on a wall in Los Gatos, California. It looks as if an earthquake had shaken away the walls of these buildings to reveal Egyptian architecture hidden inside. And that woman peering into the ruins? She is not real either.


The 'earthquake' work shown here is located on Main Street in the town of Los Gatos and was created following a genuine earthquake in 1989.



John inserts a passer-by into the mural painted in Santa Cruz, California, entitled Bay in a Bottle, who is watching the ocean scene


A mural entitled Art Imitating Life Imitating Art Imitating Life, at the Cafe Trompe L'oeil, in San Jose, California


Valentine's Day, a mural unveiled during the Global Mural Conference in Twentynine Palms, California


John Pugh's Mana Nalu mural in Honolulu. Fire crews rushed to save the children from the mighty wave - before realising it was an optical illusion


A wall mural on a sidewalk in Sarasota County Health Center, Florida



Credits: The Daily Mail


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  1. That's amazing, COME TO PHILLY!

  2. The second picture is from Chico State!

  3. I live in Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii on the Island of Oahu. My friend and artist Michael Daily helped John Pugh's paint the Mana Nalu mural. And that is complete fiction about fire fighters thinking it was a real wave and rescued children.


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