Urban Illusions – cool interventions that make you look twice.

Putting fresh energy into trompe l'oeie, artist are playing with how we see the urban landscape.
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Facade of the Magritte Museum during renovation.

From building facades to pavements, artists today are taking the art of trompe l’oeil and making it bigger and bolder. No longer is the ancient art of illusion reserve for Baroque interiors, but has been punched to the scale of buildings, playing with how we engage with our urban landscape.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina