Architectural Wonders

An Expressway That Goes Through a Building

The Hanshin Expressway is a network (239.3 km) of expressways surrounding Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto, Japan. Operated by Hanshin Expressway Company, Limited, it opened in 1962.

Portions of the Hanshin Expressway collapsed during the Kobe earthquake on January 17, 1995. These sections were rebuilt by 1996. The expressway was designed to be earthquake proof, so it did not break up, but toppled onto its side. Portions of the Osaka highway are featured in Tokyo Xtreme Racer 3, Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 3, and Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 3 DX.

Dubai Aquarium, one of the largest tanks in the world!

Dubai Aquarium, one of the largest tanks in the world!

The Mall’s Dubai Aquarium and Discovery Centre, developed and operated by Oceanis Australia Group, officially earned the Guinness World Record for the world’s “Largest Acrylic Panel” (32.88 m wide × 8.3 m high × 750 mm thick and weighing 245,614 kg). The acrylic viewing panel is larger than Japan’s Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium (22.5 m wide × 8.2 m high and 600 mm thick). Its 750 mm thick acrylic viewing panel can withstand pressure of 10 million litres of water used in the aquarium, but its transparency gives visitors clear views of over 33,000 marine animals on display.

Amazing 3D Sidewalk Art

They are amazing because they 1) look real 2) are completely flat but look 3 Dimensional 3) drawn only with chalk.

The author of these great drawing is a super creative person also known as Pavement Picasso whose name is Julian Beever.

Not to reinvent the wheel I will cite Wikipedia: “Julian Beever is an English chalk artist who has been creating trompe-l’œil chalk drawings on pavement surfaces since the mid-1990s. His works are created using a projection called anamorphosis, and create the illusion of three dimensions when viewed from the correct angle.

Beever works as a freelance performance artist and creates murals for companies.” Keep in mind that every sidewalk drawing is entirely flat!

Phew, that was an easy introduction! Enjoy the pictures, my friends.

The Artist Faces Himself

(Image credits: RedRoseRattus)

How did he know how he looks from the side? I bet he asked someone to take his picture in that position. And one little interesting detail – the beer on the left is real, not on the right.

Square Of Slabs Removed From Sidewalk

(Image credits: RedRoseRattus)

Someone has to punish him for ruining the public property!

Eiffel Tower Sand-Sculpture

(Image credits: HMHung)

Look closely at the tip of the Tower – there are a couple standing on it. I hate the bench behind them, because it’s ruining the picture.

This drawing was drawn in Paris and used in Gallery HD television series “Concrete Canvas” (Episode 8).

Waterpool with a chick, Redondo Beach, CA

(Image credits: slimdandy)

This drawing was also created for an episode of “Concrete Canvas”.

A Coca-Cola Bottle Lying On The Sidewalk

(Image credits: RedRoseRattus)

It seems that Julian Beever is a huge fan of brands.

Box Of Chalks

(Image credits: RedRoseRattus)

Those must be the chalks he uses for his pavement drawings.

A Dead Fly On The Sidewalk

(Image credits: RedRoseRattus)

Julian Beever knows how to make his drawing even cooler.

Transformer at Union Square

(Image credits: hotdogger13)

Transformer comes out from the pavement. Seems a bit astonished.

Holes on San Francisco pavement

(Image credits: gorditojaramillo)

Be careful not to fall down here!

Nokia Town?

(Image credits: Roslan Tangah (aka Rasso))

This drawing is in Singapore. Not sure if the title is correct. Again, it shows that he is a fan of brands. Or maybe Nokia paid him?

Dies Irae (Day of Wrath)

(Image credits: Panchóv)

The day of wrath has begun with this hole on the pavement.

Batman & Robin to the Rescue

(Image credits: RedRoseRattus)

It is still hard to believe that it is entirely flat surface.

Water Rafting

(Image credits: La Mindi)

The illusion is quite strong here, of course they are just sitting in one place and look quite stupid for the people passing by.


(Image credits: d.e.r.f.)

At first, it is hard to understand what the drawing is all about. But I can cite the author from his website: “Ants : a colony of leaf-cutter ants builds a bridge in Buenos Aires.” Would you have guessed it?

Arctic street conditions

(Image credits: Zahorí)

After a hard work a seal came out of the pavement and rewarded Julian Beever with a soft drink.


(Image credits: Jonathan Dann)

A DHL boy delivering a parcel all the way from China – that’s how they do it so fast!

Push the bout out

(Image credits: Richard Johnson Hurtado)

I think it is the most realistic illusion, seems like a real hole with a water inside.

Politicians Meeting Their End

(Image credits: Richard Johnson Hurtado)

At last – politicians are meeting their end! But don’t be so happy, its just an illusionary drawing…

It was drawn near The Bank of England and was commissioned by Channel 4′s Midnight Special for the night of the 1997 General Election.

Bottle of Beer

(Image credits: Pauky)

This picture would look best if someone was standing on it’s cork. (I think there is such picture in authors website).

Gold digging

(Image credits: Richard Johnson Hurtado)

(Image credits: Richard Johnson Hurtado)

(Image credits: Richard Johnson Hurtado)

(Image credits: Richard Johnson Hurtado)

(Image credits: Richard Johnson Hurtado)

This guy is incredible! (and must be rich too, since he found gold beneath the pavement).

The series were used by White’s Electronics of Inverness in Treasure Hunting magazine.

Taking the plunge

(Image credits: bisonbison)

If Julian really took that plunge, that must have hurt his head really bad.

Beneath every street

(Image credits: BisonBison)

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