Kurt Wenner is an American artist, he is known for his 3D pavement art shown internationally.[1][2][3]

1 Million Signatures

Early life and educationEdit

Wenner was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1958, but grew up in Santa Barbara, California. He attended Rhode Island School of Design and ArtCenter College of Design in California.[4] While at ArtCenter he was recruited to work for NASA at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, creating conceptual art.[5]

In 1982, he left his job at NASA to focus on his art and moved to Italy.[5][6]


Wenner learned about the European tradition of street painting after living in Rome for a few months.[6] Wenner added perspective to the street painting work and in turn he created 3D pavement art.[6] His work has been shown in more than 30 countries around the world.

In 2010, Greenpeace called for a ban of genetically modified crops by presenting the European Union members in Brussels with one million signatures on a petition.[7] It was the first time the EU members forced a vote by invoking the 1-million member signature rule. Wenner was asked to create a 3D image to commemorate the historical day when the people of Europe stood up, voicing action for no GMO in their food. Wenner's enormous 3D image (22-by-22-metre (72 by 72 ft)) was at the center of this historical moment.


  1. ^ Bernstein, Douglas (2013-01-18). Essentials of Psychology. Cengage Learning. p. 111. ISBN 978-1-285-66339-5.
  2. ^ Juxtapoz, Issues 36-41. High Speed Productions. 2002. pp. 58–59.
  3. ^ National Geographic Traveler. National Geographic Society. 1990. p. 103.
  4. ^ "3D Pavement Illusions By Kurt Wenner". Bored Panda. 2012. Retrieved 2021-01-28.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ a b Finney, Sophie (11 December 2015). "Kurt Wenner: Classical Street Art for the Pope and Greenpeace". Culture Trip. Retrieved 2021-01-28.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ a b c Zeveloff, Julie. "The Incredible 3D Street Paintings Of Kurt Wenner". Business Insider. Retrieved 2021-01-28.
  7. ^ Greenpeace EU Petition

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