To bring awareness to the worn out and abandoned buildings in the city of Saint-Étienne, French street artists Ella and Pitr have created a series of wonderful anamorphic murals.
Whimsical and playful, each piece in this public art series typically features a gigantic illustrated picture frame that appears to be a portal to another world that is more colorful and fantastical than our own.
By strategically placing people—who are volunteers living in the city—in these picture frames, the artists are able to create surreal images where it is difficult to distinguish between the second and third dimensions.
The vibrancy of the images captured within these painted frames also stands in stark contrast to their dilapidated surroundings, thus bringing attention to the sorry states of the buildings.
View the rest of these incredible artworks below—or check out more of the talented artists’ work here.