Jun 12, 2009
This first picture of a beautiful glossy scene shimmering in the sun as the colossal wave appears to crash right onto the pavement forms part of a stunning trompe l’oeil series by John Pugh.
It took two months of studio work to plan and a further six months to execute with the help of 11 other artists.
Fire crews rushed to save the children from the mighty wave – before realising it was an optical illusion
The California artist painted the immense mural in Honolulu, featuring Queen Lili’uokalani, the last monarch of the Hawaiian Islands with Duke Kahanamoku – the ultimate father of surf.
The scene is so realistic that just as it was near completion, it attracted the attention of the fire brigade, which stopped its truck in the middle of traffic.
John said: ”They jumped out to rescue the children in the mural.
Pugh paints people into the mural to heighten the 3D effect
at the Cafe Trompe L’oeil, in San Jose, California
‘They got about 15 feet away and then doubled over laughing when they realised what it was.’
This is the desired effect and Pugh enjoys the community-bonding properties of his public works.
He works on a large scale in public and residential areas and his paintings can be seen all over the world from New Zealand to Hawaii – with many telling a story of the area where they are positioned.
Global Mural Conference in Twentynine Palms, California
California, entitled Bay in a Bottle, who is watching the ocean scene
John Pugh is currently working on murals for a police station in California and a recreation centre in Calgary, Canada. Pugh is used to people’s amazed reactions when they pass his murals, known as trompe l’oeil art (a trick of the eye). He said: ‘They say “wow did you see that . I thought that was real.” ‘Public art can link people together and stimulate a sense of pride within the community,
‘These life-size illusions allow me to communicate with a very large audience. It seems almost universal that people take delight in being visually tricked.’
Pugh started creating murals when he was a student at Chico State and made one for the college entrance. He is currently working on a mural for a police station in California and also one for a recreation centre in Calgary, Canada.
Sourced from the Daily Mail [Link]