At first glance, it looks as if some natural disaster has shaken away the walls of these buildings to reveal architecture hidden for thousands of years. But these spectacular images are not the unexpected result of an earthquake. The incredibly lifelike scenes are actually huge works of art, painted on the side of perfectly intact buildings.
John Pugh is an American artist living in Santa Cruz, California is known for creating large trompe-l’oeil wall murals, giving the illusion of a three-dimensional scene behind the wall. He uses his skills to delude the viewer into seeing 3D scenes painted on flat surfaces. Pugh has created his murals since the late 1970s. He attended California State University, Chico, receiving his BA in 1983 and the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2003. He has received numerous public and private commissions in the United States of America, Taiwan, and New Zealand. His particular mural style sparked the term “Narrative Illusionism”.