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3D Illusion Murals Turn French Streets into Outdoor Art Galleries

French building façades get covered in detail-dense murals, thanks to the artist Patrick Commecy and his studio, A.Fresco.
October 1, 2016, 11:55am
Romeo et Juliette. All images courtesy Patrick Commecy and A. Fresco

What is "French" sits at an endless juncture between art, cinema, and food, all filled with celebrated motifs and faces that are instantly recognizable, even by tourists. From movie stars dining and puffing on cigarettes al fresco, to Renaissance thinkers peeking out from multi-level building windows, street muralist Patrick Commecy pollinates French cities with cultural creations.

Every mural begins with his artistic vision, which is then carried out with the help of a team of detail-minded artists. The muralist helms the company A.Fresco, which has emblazoned its classically graceful public works across schools, indoor pools, and many other community spaces.

Done in the artist's style, A.Fresco’s most recent work features a set of visuals ripped from a history book: Renaissance icons populate a building in Salon-de-Provence, their lushly-garbed forms straining out from windows. Commecy and his team treat the building's expansive side to the prophetic faces of the French Renaissance, one of which is author, physician, and future-teller, Nostradamus.

Check out more of the murals below:

Renaissance

Clochemerle

Café des acteurs

Café Reynaud

Cinéma - Cannes Morgan, Gabin, Charlot, le Kid, Mickey, Minnie

La Liberté guidant le Peuple

Porte d'Aurec

De temps en temps

Fraize

Au fil de Loire, before

Au fil de Loire

See more images from A.Fresco's ever-expanding portfolio, here.

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