Peeta, a street artist, has revolutionized the facade of seemingly common buildings into a 3-dimensional riot of colors and forms through his murals. His creations seem to explode from his canvas – the walls of a previously dull-looking building. They have now been transformed into traffic-stoppers as people pause and look stunned at the creation, unsure what to make of it.
This form of art at first intrigues you as you are lost in its riotous chaos of form and colors. You are drawn to it, still trying to envisage the totality of the creation. Like the artist who created it, you are forced to step outside the confined perimeters of your imagination until you reach the vantage point. The creation then erupts into life.
Peeta’s latest 3-dimensional murals are on the outer walls of a building in Mannheim, Germany done for the project Stadt.Wand.Kunst 2019, a project to convert the grey city walls of Mannheim into a public gallery. This not only offers the residents of Mannheim the opportunity to have free access to art at any time but also to witness the emergence of a work of art from start to finish.
This particular wall in Mannheim completely mesmerized Peeta, whose real name is Manuel Di Rita, with its colors and shape. It instantly dawned on him that the colors and form of this building could harmonize with his overlapping anamorphic paintings.
Integrating The Original
Peeta resolved to metamorphose the wall-surface but not to the extent of deforming or altering it. He first decided to stick to the original colors of the building. The use of rings and other curvaceous shapes softened the stark straight lines. A balance was created between the solidity of the structure and the emptiness, a forced perspective that uses realistic imagery to create an optical illusion that the depicted objects exist in 3 dimensions.
An Interplay Of Light, Colors, And Perspective
The location of Peeta’s creation plays a significant role in his creations. He researches the environmental and socio-cultural framework of the subject. This is then blended with Peeta’s analysis and researches into the technical aspects of the mural- the study on light and perspective and the geometrical calculation on the actual surface. He begins by photographing the site which will be his surface and uses them to make sketches and finally 3-dimensional murals. And finally, he brings the surface to life with his brushes and paint.
Recreating anamorphic art in the form of complex 3-dimensional murals that incorporates beams, columns, walls, windows, and even furniture and elevators is extremely complex but the results are stunning and Peeta enjoys playing with the viewer’s perception of reality.
This creation is much more than a pretty optical illusion for aesthetic or decorative ends. It is more about interaction with a different perspective. It is like a rupture, in reality, creating a conceptual aspect that rises above the portrayed situation.
Anamorphic art is also about creating on the go. Ideas evolve even as the work is in progress. Surfaces get added or torn up. It is always a process of interacting with the 3-dimensional world. Peeta continues to be inspired by the surrounding. As he says, “through my anamorphic works, I redesign the volumes of any kind of surface involved.”
Peeta aims to break down preconceptions and encourages the rise of new perspectives with his 3-dimensional murals.
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