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The Pavement Picasso Julian Beever

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Uploaded on Aug 28, 2008

Internationally renowned Artist Julian Beever is often called the "Pavement Picasso" for his enormous 3D pavement sketchings that bring his art well and truly to the streets.

Julian works in chalk, so his art, which takes up to 3 days to complete, is there only as long as the elements allow, "If it rains it means I've done a lot of hard work for nothing, but I usually manage to avoid that."

"The important thing for me is to get a photo of it at the end. For me, I'm working towards building a photograph as my end result, and if I get that I'm happy."Julian admits that some people do see his work as graffiti, and don't feel it has a place on public streets. Happily, he says, he mostly receives a positive reaction and people like and enjoy his art.

"My art is for anybody, it's for people who wouldn't go into an art gallery. It's art for the people. "Art shouldn't be locked away in galleries and libraries and books. Art should be for everybody and not just art boffins, historians and so-called experts."

Julian's "trompe l'oeil" (or trick of the eye) pavement art is amazing to see. The effect is so convincing people will swerve to avoid potholes he has drawn in the pavement. But just how does he get this incredible effect? "The secret is to set up a camera on a tripod and keep it in one spot and check every mark you make. It's really just playing with perspective to make it appear different to what it really is."

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