Mystifying Illusions of People Walking Sideways on Walls

These black and white figures are so realistic, pedestrians might be mystified when they pass by this wall mural by Norwegian stencil artist Anders Gjennestad. Also known as Strøk, the artist utilizes all kinds of visual tricks, including distorted perspective and strong shadows, to produce illusions of people walking sideways on walls.

Strøk's canvas is often rusty metal, wooden palettes, gritty walls, or shiny glass, that interact with his subjects. This particular piece was recently completed on a wall in the city of Porsgrunn, Norway. According to the artist's bio, "His hand cut multi layered stencils create photorealistic imagery, with depth and detail that is complex, tactile, and mentally engaging."