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And here I thought packing tape was nothing more than... well, tape. Using translucent brown tape as his medium, Dutch street artist Max Zorn creates stunning portraits of pop figure icons like the Beatles, and classic works such as Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring."

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy )
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy )

The tape art takes on a beautiful glow through the use of light, an idea born from a nightly run through Amsterdam. By cutting and taping onto a piece of flexible Plexiglass, Zorn was able to clamp the artwork onto street lamps, which gave his portraits extra depth by illuminating through many layers of translucent tape.

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy )
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy )
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy )
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy )

Zorn's tape art has appeared on buildings, windows and street lamps all over Europe, from Lisbon to Berlin. Check out his website for more installations.

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MORE TAPE ART ON APARTMENT THERAPY:
Art Illustrated: Mark Khaisman's Tapeworks
A Gigantic Interactive Installation Made from Packing Tape
Design on a Dime: Duct Tape Decor

(Images: Max Zorn)