This Majestic Metal Gate Is Actually A Clever Optical Illusion

Gonzalo Borondo is a Spanish artist known for his eerie and surreal works that blur the line between reality and fiction. Back in October of last year, during the Golden Street Art 2020 festival, the artist painted a mesmerizing optical illusion in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France, turning an old set of stairs it into a majestic royal gate.

If you aren’t aware of Gonzalo’s work, at first glance you might think that the Jules Baudelocque street is a dead end with a sturdy metal gate at the end. However, as you get closer, the gates suddenly start to stretch out and you begin to realize that it’s all just a cleverly painted optical illusion. However, seeing it unfold is just as impressive as the artwork itself.

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Spanish artist Gonzalo Borondo painted a mesmerizing optical illusion in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France

Image source: Ville de Boulogne-sur-Mer

“The stairs show a set of figures and forms that concur with the level we are at, and is revealed only when the viewer explores the artwork,” explains Gonzalo. “The images work as a distraction of the real objective, the ascension. In some cases, these appear grotesque, and some others they appear harmonious and childish.”

The optical illusion was painted back in October of last year, during the Golden Street Art 2020 festival

Image source: Ville de Boulogne-sur-Mer

Gonzalo says that the represented images were created as a consequence of the exploration and the subjective comprehension of the territory. “For example, the interaction with the school École primaire Jules Ferry, located at the foot of the artwork,” explained the artist.

The installation is located on the Jules Baudelocque street

Image source: Ville de Boulogne-sur-Mer

At first glance, it appears as if the street is a dead end with a sturdy gate at the end

Image source: Ville de Boulogne-sur-Mer

However, it slowly starts to stretch out the closer you get

Image source: Ville de Boulogne-sur-Mer

Here are some more pictures of Gonzalo’s stunning installation

Image source: Ville de Boulogne-sur-Mer

Image source: Ville de Boulogne-sur-Mer

Image source: Ville de Boulogne-sur-Mer

See the illusion in motion below!

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