Marlin Peterson's spectacular trompe l'oeil of two opiliones (commonly known as daddy long legs) atop Seattle's Armory is bound to give arachnophobes a run for their money. Trompe l'oeil (literally "trick the eye") is a classic mural technique that is used to create the illusion of a three-dimensional object on a flat surface. Because of the tricks of perspective involved, it usually works best from one specific angle - in this case, the observation deck of the Seattle Space Needle. In general, I dream of a time when we can look at our cities from above and see a patchwork of green roofs and garden spaces bringing plants' mitigating effects to our harshest man-made spaces. Until then, I'll settle for mind-blowing art that reminds us of what our cities' roofscapes might harbor looking forward.

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Read up on the mural's progress from sketch to finished piece


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