What I’m about to show you shouldn’t strictly be taken into account as optical illusions. Moreover, here and then exceptions are made, specially when something monumental appears – like this time where we have striking, Banksy-like artwork created by Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto.
As you see Alexandre… or Andy Wall-hole if you will (which is the nickname Alex earned himself), carves incredible face portraits into the bricks and mortar of buildings. DailyMail reports how Alex has peppered the walls and sides of old buildings around his native Lisbon with an impressive selection of portraits, where he hopes his “faces in the city” will inspire people and make them see beyond what meets their eyes.
But Alex (23) hasn’t confined his work solely to Lisbon. His etchings can be found on buildings across Europe. He added:
With my work, I try to delve into the several layers that compose the edifice of history, to take the shadows cast by this model of uniform development to try to understand what lies behind it.
Logically, each of Alex’s works depends on the size of the wall or surface he’s about to work with, where a two-storey building can take him a whole day to complete. Also, Alex added how most of his art is done on derelict facades and buildings which should somewhat calm the authorities down.