For French artist George Rousse, color is clearly important, but space, depth and perspective are everything.
For a little over three decades, Rousse has been creating art out of the crumbling walls, warped ceilings and cracked spandrels of derelict structures and abandoned buildings. To infuse these forgotten places with color is a statement in and of itself – but more impressive still is how Rousse colors his canvass. A typical example of Rousse’s work, the painting above can only be seen in this state from a specific point within the building. A step or two in any direction, and the illusion of a cohesive piece pulls apart at the seams.
Here’s another of Rousse’s pieces, borrowed from the documentary "Georges Rousse Art Project in Miyagi":
The technical term for this effect is anamorphosis. Anamorphic illusions are some of the best examples of visual trickery out there, but large-scale ones – like Rousse’s, or Swiss artist Felice Varini’s – are simply stunning.