Grand Illusion in Lyon

Trompe l'oeil


Trompe l'oeil Lyon

Here we are on a street in Lyon, marveling once again at the French mania for trompe l’oeil. Construction sites (here) and ugly blank walls simply must be covered in elegant and amusing art that fools the eye. In this case a nondescript sliver of a building is completely covered with architectural details, windows, terraces, storefronts, and all manner of people, from the famous to the infamous to the completely unknown. There must be something in the French DNA that compels them to transform urban eyesores into clever optical illusions. I’m not sure what the Impressionists would think, but there’s no doubt you walk away from your experience with a smile on your face.

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