30 mind-bending trompe l'oeil illusions

16. The Canebière

Trompe l'oeil: Pierre Delavie

Pierre Delavie recreated Marseille's historic high street on the facade of the Palais de la Bourse

A specialist in urban illusion, visual artist, painter, videographer and musician Pierre Delavie is the man behind this giant trompe l'oeil located on the facade of the Palais de la Bourse in Marseille, France. The brilliant scene shows the Canebière – the historic high street in the old quarter of Marseille – passing right through the building.

17. Trompe l'oeil bench

trompe l’oeil bench

Upholstered or carved? Another sleek design from the team at Rüskasa

Taiwanese company Rüskasa's hand-built RU-ST007 bench features a trompe l'oeil effect on the seat. It appears to have been upholstered, when it's actually carved to just look like that. Clever, eh?

18. Fresque du Petit-Champlain

Trompe l'oeil: Fresque du Petit-Champlain

Quebec is home to this Fresque du Petit-Champlain piece

Quebec is home to some amazing trompe l'oeil artwork. One such example is the Fresque du Petit-Champlain, which can be found in Old Quebec, at the foot of Escalier Casse-Cou (Breakneck Steps) and along one of the oldest streets in North America. The mindblowing piece depicts depicts milestones in the city's history, from the beginnings of New France until the present day.

19. Honda commercial

Packed full of optical illusions and illustrations, this brilliant commercial for Honda was created by UK ad agency mcgarrybowen. By blending practical elements with cleverly painted imagery, this clip stays as fresh as it is mind-boggling.

20. Bookcase

Trompe l'oeil: Paul Stephen Czainski

This amazing piece is one of many trompe l'oeil artworks by artist Paul Czainski

Hard to believe, we know. But there's no way you'd be able to read this set of books for they are, in fact, a brilliant example of trompe l'oeil art. This is just one of many amazing pieces by professional trompe l'oeil painter, muralist and illustrator Paul Czainski.

21. René Magritte Museum

Trompe l'oeil: Rene Magritte

This amazing trompe l'oeil art reimagines the building facade as theatre curtains

Back in 2009, a new museum dedicated to the Belgian surrealist painter René Magritte opened in Brussels. The building that housed this famous painter's work had its facade updated in trompe l'oeil, featuring two side of theatre curtains pleated open to reveal a giant reproduction of iconic work of Magritte: The Empire of Light (1954).

22. 39 George V

Trompe l'oeil: 39 George V

The facade of the 39 George V building looked like this throughout 2007

In 2007, the people of Paris were able to take in this view of the 39 George V building. While the structure was being renovated, artwork made entirely of photographs of the original building was manipulated, printed and hung on scaffolding to shelter the rehabilitation. Very cool.

23. Cafe Trompe L'oeil

Trompe L'Oeil: John Pugh

Can you tell where real life ends and the mural begins?

This detailed piece, another by prolific artist John Pugh, is entitled Art Imitating Life Imitating Art Imitating Life. It can be found at the Cafe Trompe L'oeil, in San Jose, California.

24. Pepsi truck

Trompe l'oeil: Pepsi truck

This design is so realistic, you're bound to do a double-take

Trompe l'oeil art doesn't just work buildings. This Pepsi design, featuring several gravity-defying crates of cola, was one of seven semi-trailer trucks that were painted in the brain-scrambling trompe l'oeil style (others included a fish tank and mobile library design).

25. Balcony

Trompe l'oeil: Helen G

Did you notice the pencil drawing immediately?

This mind-blowing trompe l'oeil image was created by photographer Helen G. We have to admit, it took us a few seconds to notice the pencil drawing at the top of the building and realise some of the balconies were not real.

26. LaSalle Towers

Trompe l'oeil: LaSalle Towers

Hard to believe, we know, but everything you see here is a painting on a flat wall

This facade is part of the LaSalle Towers Apartments high-rise building on North LaSalle Street in Chicago, Illinois. This wall has no real door, steps or detailed engravings: everything you see here is a painting. This trompe l'oeil mural is based on Louis H Sullivan's Golden Door from the Transportation Building at the World's Columbian Exposition of 1892.

27. Derelict building

Trompe l'oeil: Nina Camplin

Nina Camplin transformed a derelict building into a gorgeous piece of trompe l'oeil artwork

This impressive mural, painted by artist Nina Camplin, transformed an old, derelict building in Swanage into an eye-catching piece of art. Specialising in trompe l'oeil, Camplin's website states she is "interested in challenging perceptions of space and creating illusions of faked realities."

28. Garage door library

Trompe l'oeil: Garage door

Don Grey painted this brilliant mural for former book reviewer

It's not every day you come across an interesting garage door, so we had to include this one in our list. This particular library design graces the door of Lee Dembart, former writer and book reviewer for the LA Times, for whom books are a passion. Dembart had this trompe l'oeil mural painted in 2005 by artist Don Gray.

29. Arches

Trompe l'oeil: Janet Shearer

Talented mural artist Janet Shearer has created many stunning trompe l'oeil pieces

The career of mural artist Janet Shearer began back in 1983 when she was commissioned to decorate the walls of a swimming pool in Hyde Park. Since then she has created hundreds of paintings, ranging from portraits to landscapes. But Shearer has a particular passion for trompe l'oeil and constantly creates brilliant pieces, including this including this ultra-realistic 'Arches' mural.

30. Siete Punto Uno

Trompe l'oeil: John Pugh

John Pugh paints incredibly realistic 3D scenes that delude the viewer

Another piece by artist John Pugh, this Egyptian style mural adorns a wall in Los Gatos, California. His incredibly realistic 3D illustrations trick the viewer's eye into believing the scene is real. Even the woman peering into the ruin is a painting.

Contributions: Jim McCauley

This is an updated and extended version of an article that previously appeared on Creative Bloq. Let us know what we should add to future updates in the comments box below!

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