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The Marlin Peterson Giant Daddy Long-Leg Paintings are Unreal

 - Sep 12, 2012
References: marlinpeterson & thisiscolossal
Anyone with an active fear of spiders should avoid flying over the Seattle Space Needle anytime soon, because Marlin Peterson has painted a giant mural of two realistic daddy long-leg spiders.

Peterson is a Seattle-based artist and science illustrator who was recently commissioned by the Washington State Artist Trust to paint a mural anywhere in the city. Peterson chose to use the Seattle Center Armory as his rooftop canvas and he quickly got to work.

The technique for painting the two daddy long-leg arthropods is called "trompe l'oeil," which basically means that when viewed from a bird's eye view, the painting appears to be three-dimensional. Marlin Peterson's personal website showcases the process it took to create this giant mural from start to finish.

One thing is for sure, this murals look extremely real and terrifying from above.