Architects and artists always do strange things to trick the eyes of the viewer. They can make skyscrapers seemingly vanish into thin air or can make big holes into a smooth ground. A few years ago, the residents of Paris and even the travellers visiting at George V Avenue, got awestruck by this building, which appearance did not fit into any conventional frame. Irregular walls, vague shapes, distorted windows...it appeared that the building is slowly melting in the Sun.
However, it will disappoint you if you sincerely believe it as an experimental architecture. No, we didn’t mean that the picture of this building has been photoshopped or is an optical illusion, but it is a temporary mural created by artist Pierre Delavie in 2007.
Located on 39, Avenue George V in Paris, this building was under construction at the time this picture was taken. To hide the construction work, the artist designed a printed canvas, which looks like a melted building, and wrapped it over the real building’s facade. So, this artistic cover, which is known as Trompe-l’oeil in French- “deceive the eye”, was created to conceal the construction work.
Trompe-l’oeil is an art technique which uses exceptionally realistic imagery to produce the optical illusion that the depicted objects are real by creating them three-dimensional. It is just like the 3-D pavement arts done by Eduardor Relero and Julian Beever.
Unfortunately, the restoration work of the building has been finished and, now you can see the Melting house in Paris only in Photographs.
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