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  • 04.04.14

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.

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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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Carey Dunne is a Brooklyn-based writer covering art and design. Follow her on Twitter.

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