The mural only makes sense from a certain angle.

Good street art makes you think. Really good street art, in the case of Fintan Magee’s new piece in Belgium, makes you think you’re about to be stepped on by a giant carrying a weird cube on his back.

“Moving the Pointless Monument” is a mural Magee executed on a stack of shipping crates for the Brussels-area North West Walls. From many angles it looks like a jumble of vegetation and body parts. But when viewed from the right spot, the pieces come together to form a hard-hatted man lugging that “pointless monument,” which looks like a box of stalactites.

Magee, the so-called “Australian Banksy,” has dabbled in trompe l'oeil art before—witness these oversized kids netting realistic clouds, or this group of hikers appearing to navigate a building. But “Monument” might be his most ambitious, convoluted effort yet. Check out the painting process (and if you like this sort of thing, find other examples in nearby Hasselt and in San Francisco):

Progress Belgium

A photo posted by Fintan Magee (@fintan_magee) on

Cliffhanger @smugone

A photo posted by Fintan Magee (@fintan_magee) on

'Carrying the pointless monument' on the final day of work last week. #fintanmagee

A photo posted by Fintan Magee (@fintan_magee) on

H/t StreetArtNews

About the Author

Most Popular

  1. A sign outside a storefront in Buffalo, New York.
    Environment

    Will Buffalo Become a Climate Change Haven?

    The Western New York city possesses a distinct mix of weather, geography, and infrastructure that could make it a potential climate haven. But for whom?

  2. photo: A vacant home in Oakland that is about to demolished for an apartment complex.
    Equity

    Fix California’s Housing Crisis, Activists Say. But Which One?

    As a controversy over vacancy in the Bay Area and Los Angeles reveals, advocates disagree about what kind of housing should be built, and where.

  3. photo: a high-speed train in Switzerland
    Transportation

    The Case for Portland-to-Vancouver High-Speed Rail

    At the Cascadia Rail Summit outside Seattle, a fledgling scheme to bring high-speed rail from Portland to Vancouver found an enthusiastic reception.

  4. A syringe sits on top of a car. Houses are behind it.
    Life

    The Changing Geography of the Opioid Crisis

    A new study shows that the country faces different opioid challenges in urban and rural areas.

  5. A photo of a police officer in El Paso, Texas.
    Equity

    What New Research Says About Race and Police Shootings

    Two new studies have revived the long-running debate over how police respond to white criminal suspects versus African Americans.

×