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As the vault doors swings open, loads of cash fall out and money notes flutter through the air. Millions of pounds spilling out of a vault at London’s Waterloo Station stopped many commuters in their tracks. But (as you might have guessed) all was not quite as it seemed. Jay Kleinrichert pointed me to this new “Sidewalk Drawing” created by renowned American artist Kurt Wenner. We have already featured Kurt in one of or previous posts, and one of his murals is still used as thumbnail representing our illusion application for Facebook. Wenner is former illustrator for the U.S. space agency NASA, who began street painting in Rome in 1982 and translated anamorphism – the technique used by artists to create the illusion of height – into a new way of painting to give depth. The art form became known as anamorphic, illusionistic or simply 3D art, and has gained huge popularity around the world. The drawing Kurt created was commissioned by company called “Compare The Market” to represent the £16 million their customers have saved this year so far. The vault took Wenner four days to create. This picture has to be viewed in 3D to get the full effect…

Kurt Wenners 3D Money Vault
Kurt Wenners 3D Money Vault
Kurt Wenners 3D Money Vault
Kurt Wenners 3D Money Vault
Kurt Wenners 3D Money Vault
Kurt Wenners 3D Money Vault


33 Responses
  1. Anonymous says:

    1st comment?
    its pretty cool…
    not what i’d call an illusion tho.

  2. Anonymous says:

    if only that was real money =)
    i think the same thing about monopoly

  3. Mia says:

    first comment!!!!!! and great illusions!!!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    These are amazing! It’s great to be first to comment

  5. Anonymous says:

    WOW!! Very nice. I bet that took ages to do though!!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Looks very realistic.

  7. Alf says:

    WE WILL ROY YOU! God, I love We Will Rock You. And hell, I love this illusion too!

  8. Matt says:

    WOW! I love these.

  9. Anonymous says:

    pretty cool I like this one. the kids help the illusion a bit too.

  10. Kevin says:

    Not the best we’ve seen…but its still neat. I don’t like the way the money looks. It looks too fake

  11. Amanda says:

    I wonder how long it takes to do something like that. He messed up on the inside of the vault..everything looks all distorted.

  12. Michael says:

    Thats cool. I have seen better 3d chalk drawings on this site, but this one is just ok for me.

  13. Anonymous says:


  14. kosti says:

    i love these chalk drawings!

  15. Jack says:

    pretty cool not awesome but it is ok i suppose

  16. TiKo says:


  17. Anonymous says:

    A-Mazing. This is my favorite kind of illusion… I swear, the exercise this guy must get walking back and forth getting perspective on this thing…

  18. Cornelius says:

    When viewed head on, it doesn’t look as impressive as viewed at a considerable angle from the right. In the latter case, it really is an awesome illusion. As the angled view from the left, it’s not shown I guess because it was worse that viewed head on.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Excellent work! Marg Seydel

  20. Mic says:

    first star wars… now this

    george lucas u really are a genius!!

    very impressed! does anyone know if he plans on using this technique in any of the movies in the 3rd star wars trilogy? now that would be cool… wow

  21. Anonymous says:

    I have seen his works before and he is very good at it. Only if I could half as good.

  22. Elliebabe says:

    OMG that is sooo cool i would llooovvveee to go there!

    Dear Mic,
    r u young? u must be to watch star wars !
    P.S i did a looong comment on Lava Burst

  23. brionny says:

    If someone done that in scotland it would be destroyed in 2 minute

    P.S anyone think im dissing Scotland i live in there so

  24. Delishia Harding says:

    the with the 2 kids on id good but the rest r RUBISH

  25. Jonas says:

    I like the LEGO ons best!

  26. how do they make it so 3d

  27. says says says says says:

    what an artist. that would be an awesome job. BTW love the ‘life’s too short for the wrong job’ and the ‘life’s still too short for the wrong job’. Their great.

  28. Jacob says:

    awesome…if only it was real

  29. superlegion says:

    i think this has something to do with 3-d glasses.

  30. eee efff geee says:

    I am speechless

  31. dovahkiin says:

    what r u doing get in there get the money LOL

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