Last Saturday, the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA, opened its doors to celebrate a special event called, “Eye Spy, Playing with Perception”. Highlights of the day were magic shows, optical illusion exhibits, interactive art and illusionary activities, presentations, tours, and an anamorphic street painting created in the atrium of the museum by featured artist, Michael Macaulay. Michael’s street painting 'Undiscovered' tied in the illusion and perception theme while also incorporating a Mayan ruin into the piece since there was a Mayan exhibit featured at the museum as well.
The 8’x8’ 3D piece took Michael about seven hours to complete. Hundreds of people stopped to watch Michael work throughout the day. There were even seats set up around the piece for people to sit and watch as he worked on his art work.
A majority of the viewers had camera in hand and stepped into the proper viewing angle to really see the street painting come to life. Many were excited to see the results of the 3D effect captured by their camera lenses. The piece was a hit with the public, especially children who were not afraid to comment on how much they loved it.
Michael's finished street painting remains on display in the museum until the end of the week.