Trompe l'oeil murals are paintings
usually on walls, but can be on any other paintable surface, that create the
illusion of a third dimension.
Trompe l'oeil is French for "trick the eye"
The main benefits of trompe l'oeil
murals are that they can create an illusion of a space that could not normally
exist, would not be affordable to create or would defy the laws of nature.
Most people use trompes
to enlarge an area, so that they can look out of a room into another area.
However, trompes can also intrude into an area, such as shelving, paintings
hanging on a wall or even a teacup on a table top.
The perspective in
a mural will generally work from only one position.
The further away from that viewing position one is, the more the mural will
look like a traditional painting.
A mural can have several sections in it that are meant to be viewed from different
Restricting the viewing position
can be achieved in several ways.
One way is by having the mural initially seen as the viewer enters an area,
possibly through a door. In this case the trompe creates an initial impact.
Another way is to have the viewing position in the area where people will
most likely frequent. A lounge or dining area would be appropriate.