Artist “Fills” The Street With Sand For A Moving Dunes Mural

In Star Wars, Obi-Wan Kenobi once said “Your eyes can deceive you, don’t trust them.” And it seems that nothing represents that as well as the artwork “Moving Dunes” created by the Canadian architecture firm NÓS.

The dunes bend the viewer’s perspective in such a way that it forms a deceptive path mimicking patterns you’d see on sand in a desert. The huge chrome spheres add to the illusory effect and the result is absolutely mind-bending.

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According to the NÓS, the artwork is “an experiential mirage in the heart of downtown Montreal that interweaves real and virtual.” It was created as part of the 2008 exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts titled “From Africa to the Americas: Face-to-face Picasso, Past and Present.” Drawing inspiration from the cubist painters, the illusory artwork was installed on the Avenue de Musée as part of the yearly call for artists.

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The “Moving Dunes” is the illusory artwork installed on a street in Montreal, Canada

Image credits: Raphaël Thibodeau

Image credits: Raphaël Thibodeau

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It turns out, the piece “Moving Dunes” was inspired by the early arts. According to the press release, it was created as extension of the temporary exhibit “From Africa to the Americas: Face-to-face Picasso, Past and Present at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA).” Just like cubist painters, the artwork is built to “question the role of perspective in visual representation.

One of the methods used to create the distorted sense in the piece is “anamorphosis.” The creators from NÓS architecture firm explain that the term refers to “the distortion of the subject reconfiguring itself according to the position of the body in space.” Moreover, “through this process, ‘Moving Dunes’ introduces the public to the essence of this approach in a playful way.”

It bends the viewer’s perspective in such a way that the Avenue de Musée street appears to be moving

Image credits: Raphaël Thibodeau

Image credits: Raphaël Thibodeau

Image credits: Raphaël Thibodeau

The goal of this optical piece of art was to animate the pedestrian area of the Avenue Du Musée, which has become a must-see for citizens and tourists alike.

The creators had to come up with a concept that would not only be a part of the exhibition, but that would also activate the pedestrian public space. At the same time, it had to allow the passage of emergency vehicles. The piece “Moving Dunes” was able to do all of this, while creating a high impact on media.

The mural was inspired by cubism and created by Canadian architecture firm NÓS

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Image credits: Raphaël Thibodeau

The optical piece was designed by a team of 4 artists working at NÓS, which is a Montreal-based company that brings together professional architects and artists attached to several disciplines and diverse cultures in order to share and innovate through common projects. The overall budget for the piece was $50,000, according to the statement.

As the viewer moves, the sand shapes are reversed, and the ground comes alive

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Image credits: Eloa Defly

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