trompe loeil

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trompe l'oeil

(Fr. trɔ̃p ˈlœ yə; Eng. ˈtrɔmp ˈleɪ, ˈlɔɪ)
1. visual deception, esp. in paintings, in which objects are rendered in extremely fine detail emphasizing the illusion of tactile and spatial qualities.
2. a painting, mural, or panel of wallpaper designed to create such an effect.
[1895–1900; < French: literally, (it) fools the eye]
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For this project, the Rachel Ara-designed artwork features an orange hairpiece dancing in the wind in perpetuity around the Barbican Estate, echoing the iconic scene from Sam Mendess American Beauty in a Trompe Loeil (Deceives the Eye).
The painting's green background was nearly indistinguishable in color from its enlarged surrounding frame and the wall on which it was installed, causing the room to brilliantly encompass a larger, overarching trompe loeil illusion.
Directly above the altar, on the dome ceiling, are trompe loeil paintings, surrounding a central wood carving that resembles a lotus, supposedly the base of a grand chandelier.