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Street Artist Paints Mind-Bending Illusion of a Sphynx Cat on an Old Gas Tank

It never ceases to amaze us how creative street artists can be.



(TMU) — Artist Tom Bragada Blanco, aka Tom B.B and better known as Bragalast1, is in the street art scene.

This 33 year old talent from Marseille, France transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary with his 3D art. You’ll likely stop and stare in awe, should you come across one of his artworks, and his most recent work of a giant Sphynx cat crouching in the middle of a field will blow you away!

The hairless Sphynx cat, in spite of its name, is not from Egypt but was developed in Canada from a hairless male kitten born in 1966 through selective breeding. Blanco’s Sphynx cat however, was created through a very different process.

Blanco chose an old gas tank as the canvas to create his giant 3D optical illusion of the Sphynx, crouching in the foliage, ready to pounce on some unseen prey in the field. The green gas tank completely disappeared, blending in with the surroundings.

A self-taught artist, Blanco has been drawing since childhood with an obvious passionate for street art. He started his career under the name “Q.ter”, customizing T-shirts, sneakers and caps which eventually led to many commissions for frescoes in children’s rooms, trompe-l’oeil in public places and the opportunity to create art for several theaters, restaurants and businesses. Blanco is also regularly invited to perform at street art events has exhibited at the Aumône-Vieille street festival in Aix-en-Provence.

Braga uses a technique called aerography, which he learned in 2011 for his street art. Aerography is described as a surrealist method in which a three-dimensional object replaces the traditional stencil used in spray-painting. Although this method is most frequently used for the decoration of tiles from the Victorian era and in the art of Man Ray, Braga has adapted the technique to create his own very unique artworks.

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It never ceases to amaze us how creative artists can be in their thinking and doing. Well done Tom Bragada Blanco!

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