Edgar Mueller has recently unveiled his new commission from Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, transforming Portobello Square for the InTRANSIT Arts Festival. The internationally- renowned street artist has created a large-scale 3D illusion painting on Portobello Square, W10 titled "Evolution". The design has transformed the square into an interactive public artwork. From July 16 – 31 the public can actively place themselves within the finished artwork and become part of the fantastical illusion.
Edgar Mueller received world fame when with through his street paintings and captivating time- lapse videos that capture the painting process have now been viewed online more than six million times.
The work heralds the return of the InTRANSIT festival (13 - 27 July), which is the only festival to move its audience physically as well as artistically. The festival brings the very best international and UK ontemporary arts to streets, hidden spaces and parks of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea throughout the month of July. Most InTRANSIT events are free to attend, and are programmed by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in association with leading arts organisations, including Chelsea Theatre, Hide&Seek and ReThinking Cities.
Cllr Nick Paget-Brown, Cabinet Member with responsibility for the arts, said, “This year’s InTRANSIT Festival provides fresh experiences and encounters with some of the Royal Borough’s most recognised and hidden spaces through the work of local and international artists and performers. The Festival is an integral part of the Borough’s on-going culture service programme and our commitment to the role arts and culture have to play in making Kensington & Chelsea one of the best places to live, work and visit.”
The innovative and surprising style of Mueller’s art is reminiscent of Kurt Wenner’s renowned creations which gained notoriety throughout the 1980s. Wenner is the artist famous for inventing and exploring 3D pavement and street art, notably for his pieces, ‘Iskandar, the last king of Singapore in the 14th century’ and ‘Dies Irae’. His art often depicted biblical or fantasy scenes, as well as interpreting scenes of hell and demons. Like Wenner, Mueller’s work uses the pavement as a canvas, displaying his work and the process of creating it in public.
Mueller says of his work: “Three-dimensional street painting itself is a very new art form which only a handful of people do worldwide. Its nature is to trick people's eyes and show them a new 'reality'. The technique itself is called anamorphism and has been known since the Middle Ages. It was used by famous painters like Michelangelo, da Vinci and others in their murals."