International street artist Felice Varini — known for his mind-bending tricks of perspective — is about to make his mark on Fremantle.
His work, often on historic buildings in major cities of the world, involves the creation of flat graphics on three-dimensional spaces.
They look like coloured lines and shapes painted on photographs.
But they are, in fact, giant sheets of painted foil used to distort the viewer’s perspective.
Fremantle’s High Street will be his next canvas.
The final nature of his work will not be known for two weeks, but yellow foil has already been wrapped on part of the Fremantle Town Hall.
The foil is temporary and will not leave marks or stains on the buildings.
Swiss-born Varini, 65, has been creating optical illusions for more than 30 years.
Perhaps his most remarkable work was superimposing perfect circles on the town of Vercorin in the Swiss Alps.
Varini and his work will be the centrepiece of the inaugural public art event High Tide, which opens on October 28 as part of the Fremantle Festival.
German experimental sound artist Johannes S. Sistermanns will also be coming to Fremantle to create a sound installation in the drains of the Fremantle Mall.
High Tide is a collaboration between Tom Muller from PS Arts Space and the City of Fremantle.
The festival, to be based on the Round House lawn and featuring outdoor public installations and gallery exhibitions, is being supported by Notre Dame University, the State and Federal governments, Fremantle Ports, the University of WA, Quest Apartments and local businesses.
Felice Varini’s work in Marseille.
Perfect circles in Vercorin in the Swiss Alps.
In Bernina, Zurich.