Kurt Wenner

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Kurt Wenner is an American artist known for his 3D pavement art shown internationally.[1][2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Wenner was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1958, but grew up in Santa Barbara, California. He attended Rhode Island School of Design and ArtCenter College of Design in California.[4] While at ArtCenter he was recruited to work for NASA at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, creating conceptual art.[5]

In 1982, he left his job at NASA to focus on his art and moved to Italy.[5][6]


Wenner learned about the European tradition of street painting after living in Rome for a few months.[6] Wenner added perspective to the street painting work and in turn he created 3D pavement art.[6] His work has been shown in more than 30 countries around the world.

In 2010, Greenpeace called for a ban of genetically modified crops by presenting the European Union members in Brussels with one million signatures on a petition.[7] It was the first time the EU members forced a vote by invoking the 1-million member signature rule. Wenner was asked to create a 3D image to commemorate the historical day when the people of Europe stood up, voicing action for no GMO in their food. Wenner's enormous 3D image (22-by-22-metre (72 by 72 ft)) was at the center of this historical moment.


  1. ^ Bernstein, Douglas (2013-01-18). Essentials of Psychology. Cengage Learning. p. 111. ISBN 978-1-285-66339-5.
  2. ^ Juxtapoz, Issues 36-41. High Speed Productions. 2002. pp. 58–59.
  3. ^ National Geographic Traveler. National Geographic Society. 1990. p. 103.
  4. ^ "3D Pavement Illusions By Kurt Wenner". Bored Panda. 2012. Retrieved 2021-01-28.
  5. ^ a b Finney, Sophie (11 December 2015). "Kurt Wenner: Classical Street Art for the Pope and Greenpeace". Culture Trip. Retrieved 2021-01-28.
  6. ^ a b c Zeveloff, Julie. "The Incredible 3D Street Paintings Of Kurt Wenner". Business Insider. Retrieved 2021-01-28.
  7. ^ Greenpeace EU Petition

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