3D artist who is simply streets ahead when it comes to drawing on the public's imaginationBy Mail Foreign Service
Last updated at 4:06 PM on 10th April 2011
Kurt Wenner has been astonishing passers-by for many years now - but if anything, his latest designs are his most stunning yet.
The 52-year-old street artist extraordinaire, a former NASA employee, uses a clever technique that makes his creations appear 3D.
And his most recent works, ranging from Spider-Man in Japan to a Caribbean gateway in New York and a rainforest pathway on London's South Bank, are brought together in a new book.
Wenner produced a Northwest Fantasy in April 2010 in San Francisco for the British Columbia Tourist Board, but his Spider-Man in Febuary 2011 at Universal Studios in Japan is even more impressive with a huge cardboard cutout completing the comic-book scene
The Michigan-born artist started in 1982 using pastels and paints to decorate the streets of Rome.
He has gone on to use complex calculations from his old job - creating conceptual drawings of extraterrestrial landscapes at NASA - to bring floors and walls to life.
He then fused that knowledge with techniques used by the likes of Michelangelo for his Sistine Chapel frescoes and 16th century Italian street art.
Pathway to glory: British Olympic cyclist Bradley Wiggins poses on his bike by A Forest Path in October 2010 on London's South Bank
Wenner first came to prominence with models who appeared to be gazing at their reflections in Curtatone in 1987, right, and he used a pool in the ground again in Mexico in Queretaro, in 2010 when he produced three magi leaping out of water
Kurt explained: 'Pavement art like this began in Rome in the late renaissance period, so it's been around for 100s of years.'
An image from Curtatone, Italy, in 1987 shows how he created amazing mirror images of real models on the concrete below them - the first ever interactive 3D street painting.
He added: 'The pieces look real because they are calculated to be perfectly and mathematically accurate. It's exactly how they would look if the objects in my paintings were actually there.
'I use a piece of string to measure fixed points between the viewing location and the painting. This lets me calculate exactly how the perspective should be.
'It takes me around five to seven days to complete an average-sized piece.
His book, Asphalt Renaissance is published by Sterling Innovation.
Wenner created this visual feast in October 2008 at Waterloo rail station in London. Notes appear to float off the ground in The Moneypit
The cover of Kurt's new book Asphalt Renaissance displays some of his most memorable desings