edgar-muller-chasm Whoa.  The Telegraph is running a series of photos of the 3-D street art of one Edgar Müller.

This technique apparently is known as anamorphism, which the online dictionary defines as “a distorted projection or perspective; especially an image distorted in such a way that it becomes visible only when viewed in a special manner.”   I have to admit that just looking at the photo makes me a bit nervous on behalf of the painter.

According to the Telegraph slide show, the technique has been known since the Middle Ages and has been used by numerous famous painters including Michaelangelo and Da Vinci.

Truth is that this reminds me most of the old gag in the Roadrunner/Coyote cartoons where the Coyote would paint a simulated road tunnel on a cliff face.  Of course, the Roadrunner would blaze right through it, and of course, when the Coyote tried to follow him, he’d smash up against the hard rock.  Seconds later, as he lay in agony, a bus or truch would come flying out of the “tunnel” and mess him up even further.

(And to those who would say that I am a mere Philistine for allowing Art to remind me of cartoons, I would reply that no, I am a student of the way in which the best cartoons borrow concepts straight out of Art.)