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We’ve seen hundreds of ultra-realistic chalk drawings by now. Over the years artists have truly mastered their craft, pushing the boundaries and making their results more realistic by each iteration. In my opinion, today’s featured illusion has pushed the boundaries even further -by replacing the “chalk” part in “3D chalk drawings” with actual flora (and fauna). Observe how strong the 3D effect appears. It’s almost impossible to visualize the scenery as being what it actually is – flat. I think the original artist has started the whole new trend, and hopefully, we’ll be seeing whole bunch of similar illusions in the near future! The only thing I regret is missing the author’s name. I’ve tried using reverse image search which TinyEye provides (as suggested by my audience), yet without any sucess. If you have any clue about the origins of this photo, also where this installment can be found, please don’t hesitate to share it via comments section!

Flat Green Surface Becomes 3D!
Update 07/06/2011 – Thanks to our dedicated fans we’ve managed to identify the author behind this monumental achievement. His name is François Abelanet and may find more photos here.

Flat Green Surface Becomes 3D!

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68 Responses
  1. ;-) says:

    I can’t unsee it!

    • Sterling says:

      It Is NOT FLAT!!!!!! Why cant you see the doors
      of the buiding behind it! It is on a hill you MOPES!

  2. PromiseMe says:

    That is so cool! I can’t make myself see it flat!

  3. Cathy Gould says:

    oops- re-punctuating!

    It took a while, but here it is!

    Pasted from

    “Optical Illusion at Paris town hall
    Wednesday, June 29, 2011 Publié par Eric”

    “Fa-sci-na-ting! I passed by the Paris town hall today, where they currently have an open air exhibit about Paris trees (there are 485 000 of them!). On top of the various – very interesting – explanations, they also installed an anamorphosis work of art by François Abelanet. Anamorphosis? Let me borrow Wikipedia’s definition: ” it’s a distorted projection or perspective requiring the viewer to occupy a specific vantage point to reconstitute the image.” Well, since an image is worth a 100 words, click here, you’ll see that what you get in this photo is not really what you see! More, in French, on the Paris Website.

    Libellés : 04th, Event, Exhibition, Fun, Street Artist”

  4. Layneee says:

    O my god!!! that is so amazing!!! And like it said I can bairley even see it as it being flat i try to concentrate but this is just too good of an illusian and its just fantastic! probably one of my favorites now too :) I kind of want to do a much smaller scale version in my back yard ^-^

  5. Brian says:

    Truly awesome, I love it. I did a Google image search with it and came up with this site: http://www.parisdailyphoto.com/, which states that it is near the Paris town hall and the author is François Abelanet.

  6. Care Bear says:

    Maybe the world is flat after all!

  7. Dustin says:

    Wow, that’s quite an incredible illusion. It’s really too bad you don’t know who the author is, as he definatly deserves credit. I’d love to be there in real life, so I could see it first hand.

  8. r4m0n says:

    It’s not clear the author of the photo, but at least there is some reference to the author of the work here:
    http://www.parisdailyphoto.com/2011/06/optical-illusion-at-paris-town-hall.html
    (Found it through google image search, they are using something similar to TinyEye, but better :-)

  9. Danny says:

    TinEye, not TinyEye

  10. ANONIMO says:

    impresionante..

  11. Slammer says:

    I think even cooler than the illusion itself, is that you really cannot tell how big any of those spaces are except at the top and near the trees. Those bottom patches of grass could be a couple inches long, or a couple feet. You just can’t tell the size of those grass patches! And I think the fact that it was done well enough to render the size of the overall shape (and the individual squares) indistinguishable is even more impressive than just a new type of 3D art of the streets. Awesome!!!

  12. OMFG FLIPPIN AWESOME

  13. dcbm14 says:

    OMG looks so amazing and realistic! Thanks for sharing this!

  14. jazz says:

    I cant even tell if its flat or not, thats cool

  15. Eric says:

    ok i see the skatepark feature thing by the girl, why we cant see half the guy with the purple shirt… but can anyone explain why above that the grass blocks buildings…
    if its a perspective thing that shouldnt happen…
    i think i see stairs at the top right “corner”, but still. im baffled; is it a perfectly placed/shaped hill… did they run out of space and make a wall
    it doesnt make sense

  16. gerelyn says:

    nice !

  17. Kelsey says:

    This is a nice illusion, but it cannot be flat.
    If you look at the top of the “sphere”, it obscures part of the building in the distance.

    My gut feeling is that it’s partially flat, and paritally “shopped”…
    Then again, it’s a very poor quality picture.

  18. David says:

    The top of the ‘sphere’ partly obscures buildings behind it. Is it really flat? If it is it must be tilted up at the end far from the camera to cover the view behind.

  19. SMC says:

    Wow! This is Awesome!

  20. Hering says:

    It is not completely flat. The green area ends above people and windows (see rear).

  21. overtheriver565 says:

    François Abelanet. On display at the Paris town hall. Also, in addition to Tineye, Google Images offers a reverse image search by clicking on the camera on the homepage.

  22. overtheriver565 says:

    Also, according to a commentor on a site called the ParisDailyPhoto, “80 gardeners were employed 24/24 for several days, and the form was “drawn” in 3D with laser beams.”

  23. Damien says:

    Actually it’s even better than that, it’s not flat but there are some hills.
    I think I have another photo showing the spot from another angle, really impressive.

    you can see it for real in Paris just in front of the Hotel de ville, it is part of a little expo about the trees in the city.

  24. ZL123 says:

    Wow, nice illusion!
    Where is it?

  25. lys says:

    “Let’s do the Photoshop again!”

  26. drewjosh says:

    Nice one! Btw: Twitter Button would be GREAT!

  27. dada says:

    according to:

    http://www.parisdailyphoto.com/2011/06/optical-illusion-at-paris-town-hall.html

    “an anamorphosis work of art by François Abelanet”, to be found in Paris.

    first search result using Google’s search-by-image feature :-)

    cheers,
    Aldo

  28. Niseeth says:

    I can’t make myself see this as plain!!
    Though it sure is long (the children seem so small).
    Extraordinary!!!

  29. MikeL says:

    Not all of the space is flat. If you look at the building in the back, some of it is covered by illusion from this angle. I think it is a combination of flat and actual shape.

  30. Doudou42 says:

    This photo has been taken is Paris, in front of the city hall.

  31. ohno says:

    where is this?

    and are there different perspectives of this place?

  32. Benn says:

    Try using google’s reverse image search next time ;) ;) ;) it works like a charm!
    http://www.parisdailyphoto.com/2011/06/optical-illusion-at-paris-town-hall.html

  33. risa says:

    wow?! cool and amazing as always :)

  34. Sarah says:

    Hey! This is in Paris! Right by Town Hall. The artist is François Abelanet. It’s part of an exhibit all across the city on trees.

  35. Wig says:

    According to http://www.parisdailyphoto.com/2011/06/optical-illusion-at-paris-town-hall.html it is an art installation in Paris from french artist François Abelanet

    See also his webpage: http://www.francois-abelanet.com

  36. Music says:

    awesome.

  37. Laura says:

    This is awesome, thanks for sharing!

  38. Hypersapien says:

    Cool, but it’s not actually flat

    http://parisdailyphotomakingof.blogspot.com/2011/06/optical-illusion.html

    When I saw it, I thought it had to end with a hill in the distance since it was rising up above the pavement and people.

  39. cletus says:

    You can’t unsee it until you see other pictures that show that the ground is not flat. Then, not only is it easier to see, it is even more amazing!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/commentdire/5867146103/in/photostream/

  40. Valerie says:

    This is withot a doubt the best 3D image I have seen. I cannot believe it is flat. The talent of these guys is amazing!

  41. Kimon says:

    It rises above the horizon, so if it is flat it is DEFINITELY also slanted. That’s why it is impossible to perceive it as flat.

  42. A Snail says:

    Its not flat, look at the top/back of the picture. I’ve some a bit of looking around and found these images:photostream

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/commentdire/5867146103/in/photostream/
    In many ways, its even harder to do this image than on a flat surface.

  43. Leonel says:

    I like it…

  44. Apps says:

    If you like this sort of art then you need to look up Julian Beever. He is an english artist and he’s known for his chalk drawings on sidewalks all over Europe! He’s the best I’ve seen!

  45. Grace says:

    Soooooooooooooooo Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!

  46. Jill Harness says:

    I love this one V!

  47. brianne says:

    yhat is so cool but i was expecting it to be fot a cell pone brand.

  48. Eric says:

    Easily one of the best illusions ever created IMO. love your igoogle app btw!

  49. carlols says:

    hola

  50. Emily says:

    This is kool! It looks like it’s round (I like the trees) and it’s so big. I think chalkman did it.

  51. Jitske says:

    Watch this:

    http://philiplelyveld.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/parisflat.jpg

    I think it’s hard to imagine it being flat, because it isn’t ;)

    Awesome illusion

  52. misty says:

    Excellent.

  53. Kelsey says:

    Here’s another picture that shows how it’s not in the least flat…

    http://parisdailyphotomakingof.blogspot.com/2011/06/optical-illusion.html

  54. Danyboy says:

    Awesome !!!

  55. tineye not tinyeye says:

    Tineye, not TinyEye. Not that it matters :D

  56. David Blair says:

    Ireally like this one! Very Cool!!!

  57. David Blair says:

    I really like this one! Very Cool!!!

  58. charlie says:

    state bunch of weirdos

  59. Avery says:

    Where is this at? I would love to take pictures myself :D

  60. jahni says:

    This is freakin awesome

  61. Lander says:

    Lol this is not flat!! ..though its awesome..

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