To understand the amazing 3D art “Anamorphosis” in real sense, it is necessary to clear the concept about the difference between 2D and 3D art. 2D art is the depiction of those objects or images that have been drawn in two dimensions i.e., X & Y (horizontal and vertical) axis. 3D art adds the ‘Z’ dimension in the images and objects along with X & Y axis. This third dimension adds the depth and rotation in the objects. 3D art is normally used to generate computer images, but 3D Street painting is also an emerging form of 3D art. A drawing with shadows also included in 3D art.
The other common names of Street painting are pavement art, street art and sidewalk art. This art falls under the category of performance art to depict the artistic designs on the streets, town squares and sideways by means of temporary and semi-permanent substance such as chalk. The process is recognized as Anamorphosis and the requirement of viewing such 3D images is standing at some specific vantage point. Such visual delusions have been popping up all over the globe, but the major influence of 3D street art can be seen in London, Spain, New York and Denver.
When we go deep in the world of Anamorphosis, we realize that it is the art of indistinct projection or perception that demands the viewer to make use of some special type of devices to view the art in clear manner. Another way of observing such 3D art is taking up a particular vantage point. The origin of word “anamorphosis” is Greek. In Greek, this word is the mixture of two distinct words. The first one is “ana” that means “again or back” and the meaning of 2nd word i.e., “morphe” is “form or shape”.
Anamorphosis art can be categorized in two types i.e., “perspective (oblique)” and “mirror (catoptric)”. Here, it is important to unveil the historical background of “anamorphosis art” which date back to early revitalization i.e., fifteenth century.
Mirror anamorphosis art was started during sixteenth century or during the era of late Renaissance. To draw mirror anamorphosis, a cylindrical or conical mirror is positioned on the painting or drawing in a typical direction to alter a flat fuzzy image into a three-dimensional image so that it can be analyzed from different angles. The distorted image is corrected on a flat surface placed around the mirror. By looking exclusively into the mirror, the image remains unchanged. This procedure of anamorphosis has made it feasible to disperse erotic, caricatures and scatological landscapes and scenes of sorcery for a secret public.