The term “trompe l’eoil” in french means literally “to fool the eye.” It is a concept that has been around since before the Middle Ages. Trompe l’eoil has been used on rotunda’s, staircases, the side’s of buildings–nearly any architectural surface. The result is always surprising and if you ask me a bit tongue-in cheek. To pull it off successfully requires an expert’s understanding of perspective, light effects, and materials. The example posted here was painted for the St. James Elementary School Library in Los Angelels. The door is actually closed, but painted to look as if it is opened onto a literary wonderland. Click Here are a few more of examples from my own work.