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I can’t believe we missed this one – Qi Xinghua is a Chinese 3D Chalk artist (first in his country) whose painting entitled Lions Gate Gorge earned him an entry in the Guinness Book of Records for the largest 3D painting in the world! I’m not exactly sure how fresh this information is, as I could swear we’ve seen bigger. Still, with 23 meters in width, 32 meters in length and over 6 meters in height, we can’t ignore hard work Qi invested into this masterpiece. This 3D painting was presented at the Baiyan Wanda Plaza shopping-mall in Guangzhou (China), and it took Qi more than a month to finish the project. Oh, and one more interesting fact: apparently some people reported dizziness, during their “rope balancing”.

Chalk Drawing That Won GuinnessQi Xinghua says he has calculated three different formulas that can be applied on all paintings of varying sizes. He also added (quoted below):

Chalk Drawing That Won Guinness

To put it in the simplest way, it’s reversed vision, which is also called inverse-perspective. From our normal vision, nearby objects are big and far away ones are small. I use the opposite method to make far away objects big and close objects small. In this way, a two-dimensional painting turns three-dimensional.

Chalk Drawing That Won Guinness
Chalk Drawing That Won Guinness
Chalk Drawing That Won GuinnessDon’t ask me why, but I have a feeling we’ll be seeing much more of this artist’s creations in the coming weeks! Even after seeing so many awesome pavement drawings, I can’t seem to perceive below pavement as a flat surface. How about you?

Chalk Drawing That Won Guinness


64 Responses
  1. z2d4th says:

    Awesome 3 dimensional chalk drawing

  2. Kelsey says:

    Thst’s really impressive!

  3. josephine says:

    how did he do the stuff behind the arch?

    • Liz Fogg says:

      i am pretty sure the arch is just a solid wall that he painted over to make it LOOK like an arch:)

    • darqknight says:

      Hey Liz the arch was actually drawn on the sidewalk which makes it even more amazing. The pillars with the lions head fountains is where the solid wall starts. From there everything else was drawn on the sidewalks.

    • steve says:

      As you can see from the close-up picture of the artist, he is standing upright. which in turn means that the drawing is not in fact on the sidewalk but on a billboard of some kind.

  4. Care Bear says:

    WOW–With a capital OW! Magnificent!

  5. billyg420 says:

    I am speechless.

  6. cutsie says:

    most amzing chalk drawing ive ever seen!

  7. Simon says:

    I try to understand it…
    I try to see thats its just a painting..
    But my mind just boggles at the idea

  8. Bryan says:

    Next time need better lighting….. its a shame for all this great work to be ‘spoilt’ by the giveaway shadows

    • Koaieus says:

      There is no better way this could be projected. Shadows will always be visible. The only thing he could do is paint a flat area on the location where the shadows will be but that wouldn’t look pretty good either.

    • Magie Mac says:

      I’m honestly puzzled by your statement this was ‘spoiled” due to the fact the ‘shadows’ are not in the right places in your opinion? Are you aware of the myriad of objects both stable and moving which are capable of distorting shadows? If not I think you might enjoy a basic physics class along with a trigonometry class.
      If you’d like to see some of the incredible things which can be done with shadows try this link, some of the images are nothing short of awesome! http://funnyfunda.com/amazing-skills/wonderful-shadow-art.php ~ The site is ‘Wonderful Shadow Art / FunnyFunda. If you want even more, do a Google Image Search on ‘Shadow Art’ just make sure you search it when you’ve the time to check – out as many of them as catch your interest which I can say from experience is a considerable number!
      The reason these murals work so beautifully (in 3D) is due to the use of shadow & light in grand proportions as well as the very lightest of shadows being used. Its a matter of the degree. You are obviously missing the effects which are so subtle you do not see them as an individual shadow or light effect but as a combination of which come together & shift apart in such a way making the entire effect awesome to the point of being almost magical! NobleWebster4.jpg

  9. Adam Merrill says:

    I think that’s the best chalk drawing on this site. I’d love to see it in person.

  10. diane says:

    Cool ♥ it Thanks

  11. Karan says:

    WOW!! This is a masterpiece for sure!!

  12. Senthil says:

    Amazing !!!!

  13. Grace says:

    Hey, uh, this mobile version is weird. Just saying. This illusion is the best chalk drawing I’ve ever seen.

  14. Alex says:

    I think, according to guinness site, the winner was a different painting


  15. telisha says:

    this is the best chalk drawing ive ever seen in all of the places ive been too.

  16. me123987645 says:

    i just love 3D chalk drawings! they are awesome!!!

  17. Consuela says:

    That’s amazing! Totally Awesome! Yes, do bring us more of this beauty!

  18. Everyone says:

    Dude that is the coolest thing i have ever seen in my life!

  19. Rachel says:

    I would love to see chalk drawing like this in person- is there any sort of list of locations where they have been created in the United States? Particularly somewhere near Chicago. But a list of them anywhere would be welcome.

  20. Natalie says:

    Did he use chalk or paint?
    It looks like paint.
    This would make it more permanent, and it wouldn’t wash off in the rain.

  21. Dolphin says:

    It’s great. It’s awesome! And big… Was the falling ice one bigger,or is this one bigger?

  22. Amber Spaulding says:

    This is one of the best 3d chalk drawings I’ve ever seen, & maybe even the biggest. This one is really hard to tell that it’s just a flat chalk drawing,But so worth the mind game none the less.

  23. Kimon Frousios says:

    Despite the obvious pastel colouring, I’m having great difficulty convincing myself this is actually just flat.

  24. pixiee dust says:

    kool as, this is mad art

  25. ZL123 says:

    Coolest ever chalk drawing!!

  26. Rob says:


  27. Mark says:

    Very cool painting (not chalk, based on the picture of the artist and a paintbrush). Also noted an error: The light source (sun) is to the right, based on all the shadows. Except the shadow of the water from the left lion’s mouth.

  28. Dylan says:

    The feeling dizzy on the rope thing must be rubbish- I can see you getting vertigo from the view point- but from on the rope you wouldnt see the illusion at all- just lots of wierd stretched colours.

    But its great anyway :)

  29. Penny says:

    I would be walking around. OMG Fantastic!

  30. Penny says:

    This would be fantastic comming off an elevator only going down. LOL

  31. Penny says:

    Can you imagine stepping off an elevator onto this. LOL

  32. superlegion says:


  33. TwiliYoshi says:

    This is a masterpeice! I can’t help but gape in awe at the facination. It really is illusional.
    You know, I’ve tried walking a rope before . . . at a hotel pool. My dad would sit on the end of the rope to keep it tight, and my siblings and I would try to cross. My record is four steps before falling in the water. So, perhaps I can walk this one without falling . . . ;)

  34. Tundra says:

    i am sooo speechless

  35. Kiana MCcarver says:

    your paintings are awsome. o really can’t wait to see more of your art. How do you do that? Did it take a lot of praatice…. Keeping doing what you do

  36. emma says:

    i.am.speechless. :)

  37. emma says:

    dude i wanna stand on one of these 3D chalk drawings!

  38. Rogemar says:

    best illusion ever, it make my mind freak.
    did he really paint in a flat object?

  39. Rogemar says:

    Please reveal more about this image.

  40. Nga T A Petero says:

    Mamabears says this is very cool it donen’t really look like a chalk drawing but the pictures looks so real you wouldnt think so I love it keep up the good work honey’s you cannot find any thing like this here in New Zealand choise

  41. Ray says:


  42. freddie says:

    thats a drawing?

  43. My Opinion says:


  44. David Blair says:

    Chalk Drawing Optical Illusions Are My Favorite Type!! Some Of Them Are “ABSOLUTELY AMAZING”!!!! Love ‘em :-)

  45. Irina says:

    It looks so real, how cool.

  46. jake says:

    it is sooooooooooooooooooooo awesome and im jealous

  47. Karen says:

    I love it!!! It is so cool. I LOVE this. I am trying not to see it as 3D but 2D but I fail every time. This is impressive.

  48. b says:

    it blows my mined that someone could visualise how to plan an paint that out!!!!
    very impresive

  49. Qwerty says:

    That guy deserved a Guiniess for that, even I can’t believe this is real, but it is, so yeah…

  50. Jmaeszw says:

    That must have taken forever and it is just crazy/awesome!!!!!!!

  51. Nathan says:

    I really want to see this. I live in Guangzhou and I’ve gone to Wanda plaza twice and cannot find the actual work of art. Can somebody please tell me exactly where around the mall it is? Wanda Plaza is enormous! I asked at Starbucks there and nobody knew of it. I asked at the nearby Hilton and same thing. Was it just temporary and chalk? I mean above you can see a photo of Qi Xinghua using a paintbrush…. Any help would be VERY appreciated!

  52. Kimberly says:

    Amazing!!!!!!! I don’t know how they do this. Because it is just phenomenal, I wish I could see someone do this in person, because it just blows my mind!

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