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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.

New Museum, New York City

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

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.

Circulo De Belles Artes, Madrid

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

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.

Wiels Museum, Brussels

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

The Whitney Museum, New York City

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

Tate Modern, London

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

Caixa Forum, Madrid

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

Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

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

Sao Paolo Museum of Art, Sao Paolo, Brazil

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

Co.Design

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.

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.

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