Mark Byrnes is a senior associate editor at CityLab who writes about design and architecture.
Walk high above the mountains without ever leaving the ground.
Even for Lyon, a city with a history of surrealist street art, this enormous 3D mural is amazingly trippy.
French artist Francois Abelane created this 43,000-square foot, anamorphic painting in the city center as part of a product launch for Renault over the weekend. The scene gave pedestrians a sense that they were walking on a sky-bridge high over mountains, water, and skyscrapers. One of the new Renault trucks was parked at what appeared as a dangerous turn on a highway wrapping along the side of a mountain.
Lyon is no stranger to public art. In the late 80s, former Mayor Michel Noir commissioned art installments in an effort to rejuvenate the city's public squares and historic buildings. Thanks to those commissions, many formerly blank walls in Lyon's city center resemble lively apartment complexes, fully stocked bookshelves, even a very meta mural of one of these kinds of murals being painted.
As for Abelane's project in Place Bellecour, it's now officially in the Guinness Book of World Records (the award presented over the weekend) for the largest anamorphosis painting in the world. The previous record holder is a 348 foot-long painting by Joe Hill in West India Quay, London.
Here's a peek:
(Courtesy: Renault Trucks)