26 May 2010

Mind the gap! The street where it's best not to look down

It looks like this young man is taking a dangerous leap into the unknown as a massive chasm opens up in the middle of a shopping mall.

In fact, it is an amazing piece of 3D street art that has been produced for a theme park that is being built in China.

Theme park in Hai'an, Jiangsu province, China

Leap into the unknown: A visitor jumps over the 3d artwork at the theme park in Hai'an, Jiangsu province, China

Already it has proved a huge hit with visitors despite the fact that the rather laboriously-named Hai'an Culture Industry Theme Park in Nantong City is still to be completed.

The master of the 3D pavement genre is street artist Kurt Wenner. The American's three-dimensional chalk pictures have included muses swimming in a pond by the side of a road in Lucernes, Switzerland, a Judgement Day scene in a medieval town square, and most recently a virtual Renaissance city painted on the pavement in Bettona, Italy.

Theme park in Hai'an, Jiangsu province, China.

It's safe, honestly! These visitors form up to create a chain to get them across to the other side of the street

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