When street artist Patrick Commecy spots a blank building facade, he sees much more than a bare wall. He pictures what it might look like with sun-soaked balconies, climbing vines, colorful shutters, and bustling people. And then, with a bit of artistic trickery (he uses a mix of trompe l'oeil and hyperrealism), he makes it so.
At first glance, the architectural details and smiling people (many modeled after notable residents who lived near the French towns where he works) look real. But they're actually the remarkable result of Commecy's beautiful brushstrokes. They're so lovely, we can only imagine that these murals are a welcome addition to the neighborhood.
See more of Patrick Commecy's awe-inspiring work on his website.
TELL US: Were you fooled when you first looked at these buildings?
This piece originally appeared on goodhousekeeping.
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