Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Fascinating art work

I did not take these photos; they were sent to me by email. I thought you might enjoy them.
The photos are murals painted on the sides of buildings by Trompe Lóeil (trick-of-the-eye) artist John Pugh. Three of the four are local -- San Jose, Los Gatos, and Santa Cruz. Chico is north of San Francisco.

This mural at the Cafe Trompe Loeil, San Jose, California, is entitled “Art Imitating Life Imitating Art Imitating Life”. The customer never leaves.

Taylor Hall, Chico State University State University, Chico, California. The Doric style columns
are actually nothing but paint.

Main Street, Los Gatos, California. Even the woman peering into the ruin is part of the mural.

Bay in a Bottle, Santa Cruz, California. The passerby is part of the mural.



A father comes out of work a little late, and on his way home he remembers it's his daughter's birthday and he hasn't bought a gift. He parks his car in front of a toy store, and asks the sales person, "How much is the Barbie in the window?"

With an authoritative voice, the sales person replies, "Well, we have:

"Barbie goes to the Gym" for $19.95

"Barbie plays Volley Ball" for $19.95

"Barbie goes Shopping" for $19.95

"Barbie goes to the Beach" for $19.95

"Barbie goes Dancing" for $19.95

"Divorced Barbie" for $265.95"

The surprised man questions, "Ah!? Why does the Divorced Barbie cost $265.95 when the rest are only 19.95?"

Taking a deep breath, the sales person responds: "Sir... the ‘Divorced Barbie’ comes with Ken's car, Ken's house, Ken's boat, Ken's furniture, Ken's computer, and one of Ken's friends."


  1. Don't forget our own local Greg Brown. http://www.artofgregbrown.com/palo-alto.html
    His wife taught my kids art in middle school.

  2. 'Tis fascinating, verily. I do believe I've figure out how to get my "M" back.