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Tuesday

Urban Rapids Optical Illusion

Julian Beever, sometimes referred to as the "Pavement Picasso" is in West Virginia. Julian is a resident of the United Kingdom. He has been making pavement drawings for about 15 years and has worked across Europe, Australia and the United States.

Julian Beever
Julian Beever
(c)2007
Photographer Rick Lee
Used w/permission

He has just finished his latest masterpiece as part of FestivALL Charleston 2007
“A City Becomes a Work of Art”. Julian's preliminary sketches depicted an urban theme with a skyscraper. However, the FestivALL committee suggested a drawing more in tone with the state.


The Beginning
(c) 2007
Photographer Adam Harris


Typically his creations take about 24 hours of work to complete. Julian started his latest work at about 11am on Monday 18 June and he finished it up about 6pm on Thursday the 21st. Rick Lee was on hand for the final hours and has allowed us the honor of showing his photos here.

The following photographs were all taken by commercial photographer Rick Lee. To start with here is one of Julian Beever putting the finishing touches on this excellent work of art.


Work in Progress
(c)2007
Photographer Rick Lee
Used w/permission

Being the only professional photographer left when Julian was finished Rick got to push the button on Julian's camera and get the artist trying out his latest creation.


Julian Beever taking the first ride down the "Urban Rapids"
(c)2007
Photographer Rick Lee
Used w/permission


This type of art is anamorphosis, which means the image appears distorted unless it is viewed from a special angle or with a special instrument. Below is a view of the finished artwork from the back angle. Our cute little raft is now very odd and the little ledges at the edge of the pavement are now huge.


Artist at work
Reverse image "Urban Rapids"
(c)2007
Photographer Rick Lee
Used w/permission

For more behind the scenes and "work in progress" photos check out this post by Rick Lee. Thanks a lot Rick for allowing me to use these images and keep up the great work in allowing us the peek into your world.







2 comments:

Rick Lee said...

FYI, I got an email from Julian saying that he should be referred to as a resident of the UK. I got that info on Belgium from other sites on the web.

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