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By on July 27, 2008, with 33 Comments

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…

  • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous

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

  • Mia

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

    • dan

      3rd no0b

  • Anonymous

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

    • Bob

      Ha ha ha, ha ha ha, it funny because is no true! ha ha aha ha…

  • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous

    Looks very realistic.

  • Alf

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

  • Matt

    WOW! I love these.

  • Anonymous

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

  • Kevin

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

  • Amanda

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

  • Michael

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

  • Anonymous


  • kosti

    i love these chalk drawings!

  • Jack

    pretty cool not awesome but it is ok i suppose

  • TiKo


  • Anonymous

    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…

  • Cornelius

    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.

  • Anonymous

    Excellent work! Marg Seydel

  • Mic

    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

  • Anonymous

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

  • Elliebabe

    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

  • brionny

    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

  • Delishia Harding

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

  • http://www.jonasbland.t83.net Jonas

    I like the LEGO ons best!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Samantha-Morales/100000534832841 Samantha Morales

    how do they make it so 3d

  • 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.

  • Jacob

    awesome…if only it was real

  • superlegion

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

  • eee efff geee

    I am speechless

  • dovahkiin

    what r u doing get in there get the money LOL