In 1982 Kurt Wenner combined traditional pavement art techniques with a profound understanding of geometry to construct an art form all his own. This invention has come to be known as 3D Pavement Art. In 1985, National Geographic documented his unique and innovative images in their award-winning film Masterpieces in Chalk.


By expanding his art into ever more engaging images, he has generated a following of millions. Wenner’s art has been embraced in more than 30 countries, and by the world’s largest corporate and cultural institutions. His spectacular images cross all cultural and language barriers and are a social media sensation.

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Incredible 3D Creations

Kurt Wenner's one-of-a-kind hyperbolic


While studying in Rome, I was invited to climb the scaffolding in several churches to see the ceiling frescos up close during their restoration. I was even lucky enough to touch the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. I noticed when viewing many of the ceiling frescos the figures used a technique called anamorphism to elongate the figures. This particular kind of geometry makes an image look correct when viewed from a specific point, such as the church floor far below the painted surface.

When I took up pavement art, it occurred to me that images on the ground had the opposite problem as those seen on church ceilings. I began adjusting the proportions of my compositions to accommodate the wide-angle viewpoint. Since I knew the back of the eye is a curvilinear plane and having developed a similar geometry while working at NASA, I was able to formulate a new geometry for my images to appear correct when viewed from a select point.

Through the use of this invention, I can make images in small spaces appear to have great depth. This technique creates a harmonious balance between the painted surface, the participants interacting with the artwork, and the surrounding environment.

Kurt Wenner

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