Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Artist brings 3-D pavement art to Grand Canyon
PUBLISHED IN NEWS YAHOO
Uninspired by modern art, set out to learn how European masters made architecture soar and figures float in ceiling frescoes.
What started off as two-dimensional chalk and pastel art on the streets of Rome decades ago, mimicking what Wenner saw in Renaissance classicism, morphed into an of his own — one that makes objects appear to rise from or fall into the ground in three-dimensional pieces. His latest piece unveiled just outside the Grand Canyon has visitors perched atop spires and starting down a winding trail that seemingly plunges into the depths of the massive gorge.
The piece, "Grand Canyon Illusion," certainly is puzzling to the eye, blending the visitors who pose in it with a scenic, infinite backdrop. It's the first semi-permanent display of Wenner's work in North America and one that he hopes will help take pavement art to a higher level.
"You can do everything from fine art to publicity to a drawing demonstration or performance to what eventually is going to be a permanent form of art," said Wenner. "It isn't really in a box. It doesn't limit you to one particular venue. I'm not stuck with the gallery world or the publicity world. I can choose where I want to go with it."
This June 15, 2012 photo released by the National Geographic Visitor Center at Grand Canyon shows an unidentified visitor examining the sidewalk artwork "Grand Canyon Illusion" by artist Kurt Wenner outside the National Geographic Visitor Center at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon near Tusayan, Ariz., in this handout photo made on June 15, 2012. The 3-D piece gives the illusion of being perched atop spires and starting down a winding trail that seemingly plunges into the depths of the massive gorge. (AP Photo/National Geographic Visitor Center at Grand Canyon, Joel Kramer)