Asphalt Renaissance

Asphalt Renaissance-1

It may look as though a rainforest has appeared on London’s Embankment – but this is just an illusion created by renowned street artist Kurt Wenner.

The former NASA space illustrator turned street artist has drawn Spiderman swinging from the buildings in Japan and a scene from adventure horror film The Mummy in Waterloo station. And now hundreds of drawings from Wenner’s 25-year career have been published in a new book ‘Asphalt Renaissance’.(His career began in Rome. Inspired by the city’s centuries-old tradition of street art, religion and classical mythology).

Wenner invented an innovative style utilizing new geometry that creates compositions that appear to rise from or fall into the ground. Wenner explains: ‘The pieces look real because they are calculated to be perfectly and mathematically accurate.’ Using his homemade pastels, he can take up to seven days to complete his intricately detailed large-scale drawings, sometimes longer depending on the weather.

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