Street Art: Jenny McCracken paints an Actros in Iceland

RoadStars meets Street Art

The Actros in Iceland.

In the summer of 2017, twelve internationally acclaimed street artists painted pictures of the most good-looking Mercedes-Benz trucks on rough concrete floors. The interesting thing about this is that all of the images were realised using a special 3D painting technique. Starting from now, there will be a new work of art to discover on RoadStars every two weeks!


So-called 3D street painting is a relatively new art form. It first appeared on the pavements and town squares in the world's big cities around twenty years ago. The images are anamorphically distorted. Which means that when viewed from the correct spot, they conjure up a striking optical illusion. This creates street images that give the observer the illusion of real, three-dimensional objects on the ground in front of them. Mostly, such images are painted using chalk.

The images created by our twelve artists are up to fifty square metres in size. Learn about the people and the stories behind the images in the following segment. 


A question of perspective: the artists draw their motifs on the ground such that they are distorted. The amazing 3D effect only becomes apparent from a particular angle.
A question of perspective: the artists draw their motifs on the ground such that they are distorted. The amazing 3D effect only becomes apparent from a particular angle.
A question of perspective: the artists draw their motifs on the ground such that they are distorted. The amazing 3D effect only becomes apparent from a particular angle.
A question of perspective: the artists draw their motifs on the ground such that they are distorted. The amazing 3D effect only becomes apparent from a particular angle.

The task:

There are many beautiful landscapes to marvel at in Iceland. Picturesque waterfalls, bubbling volcanoes and harsh rockfaces can be found almost everywhere on the island. But how does a muscular Actros carrying heavy building equipment fit into this breathtaking natural setting? 28-year-old artist Jenny McCracken tackled this particular challenge.



"I'm originally from Mildura, a city in the northernmost part of rural Australia. Today, I live in Melbourne. I already started experimenting with perspective in the early nineties. I spent four years studying at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts. 

I remember how my father showed me a Mercedes-Benz once and told me how my great-great uncle had been closely linked to the company before it was called Mercedes-Benz. My ancestors James and Henry McLaren were owners of the McLaren Midland Engine Works company, which was founded in Leeds, Great Britain, in 1976. From 1926 on, they collaborated with Benz-Sendling, later Daimler-Benz, and for a long time were in charge of the distribution of Daimler-Benz engines in Great Britain and the British colonies."


RoadStars meets Street Art.

In our twelve-part series "RoadStars meets Street Art", internationally acclaimed street artists paint pictures of the best-looking Mercedes-Benz trucks. Twelve works of art that are up to fifty square metres in size and painted using a special 3D painting technique.

Discover even more works of art and learn about the people and the stories behind them.


Photos and video: Mike Kothuis

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