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World-Famous Museums Turned Into Neon Line Drawings

A Madrid-based architect takes a black permanent marker to color photos of architectural icons, turning them into striking colored renderings.

  • <p>In a new series called <em>Gran Fachada</em> ("Grand Facade" in English), Madrid-based architect and designer <a href="http://www.marlondeazambuja.com/obras/gran-fachada" target="_blank">Marlon de Azambuja</a> works marker magic on color photographs of famous buildings around the world.</p>
  • <p>Using a permanent marker to black out sections of these images, he reveals fluorescent color-negative line drawings.</p>
  • <p>Thin outlines of color expose where the contours of an architectural rendering would be, the intricacy of which approaches that of the buildings' original blueprints.</p>
  • <p>This isn't the first time de Azambuja has put a playful twist on images of well-known buildings.</p>
  • <p>In another recent project, he built <a href="http://www.designboom.com/design/museum-bird-cages-by-marlon-de-azambuja-02-05-2014/" target="_blank">birdcages mimicking the structures of hallowed museums</a>, so your parakeet can live inside a little metal Tate Modern or Guggenheim.</p>
  • <p>These would probably look amazing as velvet black-light posters.</p>
  • 01 /11
    | Musac, Spain

    In a new series called Gran Fachada ("Grand Facade" in English), Madrid-based architect and designer Marlon de Azambuja works marker magic on color photographs of famous buildings around the world.

  • 02 /11
    | New Museum, New York City

    Using a permanent marker to black out sections of these images, he reveals fluorescent color-negative line drawings.

  • 03 /11
    | Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC

    Thin outlines of color expose where the contours of an architectural rendering would be, the intricacy of which approaches that of the buildings' original blueprints.

  • 04 /11
    | Circulo De Belles Artes, Madrid

    This isn't the first time de Azambuja has put a playful twist on images of well-known buildings.

  • 05 /11
    | Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA), Barcelona

    In another recent project, he built birdcages mimicking the structures of hallowed museums, so your parakeet can live inside a little metal Tate Modern or Guggenheim.

  • 06 /11
    | Wiels Museum, Brussels

    These would probably look amazing as velvet black-light posters.

  • 07 /11
    | The Whitney Museum, New York City
  • 08 /11
    | Tate Modern, London
  • 09 /11
    | Caixa Forum, Madrid
  • 10 /11
    | Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
  • 11 /11
    | Sao Paolo Museum of Art, Sao Paolo, Brazil

Sometimes, all you need to create some magic is some magic markers. In a new series called Gran Fachada ("Grand Facade" in English), Madrid-based artist Marlon de Azambuja works this marker magic on color photographs of famous museums around the world, from the Whitney to the Pompidou and the Tate Modern. Using a marker to black out sections of these images, he reveals fluorescent color-negative line drawings, which would probably look amazing as velvet black-light posters. Thin outlines of color from the photograph expose where the contours of an architectural rendering would be, the intricacy of which approaches that of the buildings' original blueprints.

This isn't the first time de Azambuja has put a playful twist on images of well-known buildings. In another recent project, he built birdcages mimicking the structures of hallowed museums, so your parakeet can live inside a little metal Tate Modern or Guggenheim.

See how many of these landmarks you recognize when they're turned into neon illustrations, and marvel at the magic of markers.

[h/t The Creators Project]

*Correction: an earlier version of this article referred to de Azambuja as an architect and designer. He is an artist.