Julian Beever is an internationally renowned sidewalk chalk artist whose drawings have appeared on the streets of London, Buenos Aires, Paris, New York, and countless other cities around the world. Beever is not your average sidewalk artist drawing pictures on a flat surface meant to be viewed from above; instead, he creates anamorphic drawings that look completely three-dimensional when seen from the correct perspective. His artwork is immersive, begging for passers-by to interact with it and lose themselves in his fantastic world.
Now, in his book, Pavement Chalk Artist: The Three-Dimensional Drawings of Julian Beever, the artist shares some of his most fascinating, eye-popping, and humorous pieces from across the globe. Here are a few examples of the kind of amazing images you’ll find in the book.
In Pennsylvania, Beever created “Philadelphia Eagle,” a huge drawing featuring a bald eagle landing triumphantly on an American Flag.
“Meeting Mr. Frog” was created in Salamanca, Spain, and features a realistic-looking frog sitting on a lily pad.
My personal favorite is “Swimming Pool in the High Street” from Brussels, which portrays a woman relaxing in a swimming pool—a swimming pool sunk into the middle of the street, that is! (Considering the hot weather lately, I’d like to jump right in.)
Along with an introduction about his background, Beever includes a little snippet with every drawing about why and how he created it. He shares information about his time at home in the U.K. and abroad; there’s a fun story to back up each piece of art.
Beever’s artwork is truly jaw dropping. You’re sure to spend ages flipping back and forth, astounded at how one man can create what looks like a three-dimensional design on a flat surface with just a bit of chalk. From animals to superheroes to famous buildings, the whimsical paintings are a wonder to behold.
Pavement Chalk Artist: The Three-Dimensional Drawings of Julian Beever is definitely worth a look. And another look. And another…. This 112-page hardcover book is available now from Firefly Books at a list price of $29.95.