Comics And Video Games Overflow With Such Depth That Their Original Mediums Can Hardly Contain Them. In These 3D Sidewalk Art Murals, Some Of Your Favorite Heroes And Games Are Taking It To The Streets!
In recent years, the street art phenomenon has taken off, and our world is the richer for it. It’s the nature of the artist to interpret, and since this particular form has gained momentum, there have been some genuine talents, who have done just that. Names like Kurt Wenner, Eric Grohe, Daim, Gregory Brown, and several others. It’s only natural that these Rembrandts of the Streets would turn to two other relatively contemporary art forms for inspiration: the comic book and the video game. Since 3D sidewalk art lends itself to geek culture, we’ve decided to take a look at 8 murals for gamers and geeks. Here goes!
This shot came from the Superman Homepage. No idea who the genius responsible was, but he deserves some major props. Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster probably didn’t envision this when they had the Man of Steel pick up his first car, but we’re sure they’d be pleased.
Bumblebee rather unexpectedly stole the show in director Michael Bay’s first live-action adaptation of the classic cartoon Transformers. Here it looks like he’s done it again with that giant Mountain Dew bottle. How those two are related, who knows? Probably a cross-promo for one of the movies. Still cool, though.
Who’d’uh’thunk that a little fat Italian plumber would become one of the most enormously successful video game franchises of all time? Thanks to the classic Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Mario and brother Luigi will now forever be with us. They even survived that godawful live-action movie, reputations intact. It’s only fitting they should be pictured here together.
This guy appears to be several feet from certain death. Good thing there’s a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man around to save the day. As with many of these 3D sidewalk art examples, we’re blown away by how the artist can take a cartoonist’s style and blend fiction and reality so seamlessly. Fantastic.
5. Batman And Robin
Bats and the Boy-Wonder are well-conceptualized drawings, but drawings nonetheless. However, you sort of have to do a double-take to realize that the people on the street below are also just figments of the artist’s imagination. Pretty convincing mashup of Gotham City and an ordinary city sidewalk.
6. Ryu (From Street Fighter)
Ryu is back and badder than ever. This street smash 3D sidewalk art mural makes it appear as though the heroic character from Capcom’s classic Street Fighter series has escaped his N64 confines to tear evil a new one.
7. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman created the anthropomorphic crime-fighting team in 1984. In less than a decade, the self-published comic book would become a multimedia juggernaut with cartoons, films, and more comic books. Currently, Michael Bay is prepping a reboot for theaters. We’ll take the pic above.
Pac-Man may not have the best graphics or any kind of a coherent storyline, but when it comes to addicting game-play, it’s hard to beat. And continuing that line of thought, we think the little yellow ghost-gobbler wins in the 3d sidewalk art department as well.
If this is your first introduction to the world of street murals and sidewalk art, then you’ve just witnessed the tip of the iceberg. Check back to the first paragraph and the link we’ve included there if you want to dig a little deeper for some more mind-blowing 3D sidewalk art. Or better yet, why not grab some materials and do one yourself? Which mural above did you think was best?