Unexpected Art in St Louis--Trompe L'oeil Murals on Old Buildings


 St Louis MO has a lot of cool old buildings.  The trompe l’oeil murals look almost as good as the real thing.




When I saw the first one, I thought Wow! How cool. The murals were everywhere. Unexpected art!

We were driving  through St Louis on the way to Arkansas and decided to look around and take a few pictures, have dinner and continue on.     Downtown St Louis is  a museum of  great buildings  that were built over 100 years ago, the most well known, Louis Sullivan’s iconic Wainwright Building. It is also a museum of murals painted on buildings. These murals are on the building’s  back or side walls  that were never meant to be seen because there was a building next door.

When the building next door was torn down, ugly blank walls appeared.  One solution for quick beautification–paint a mural on the blank walls–and even better, make the wall look like the facade of a building. These trompe l’oeil murals  are so good, I had to look  closely to see that they weren’t real. (Trompe l’oeil  is French for  “fool the eye.”)  It’s pretty hard to tell which facades are real and which are trompe l’oeil, that ‘s what makes them unexpected art!

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