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At the heart of any great story, there’s a twist. The bored housewife has a secret superpower; the pair of shoes is imbued with a hidden meaning. We are wired to notice and navigate the unexpected.

If all of the above is true, Patrick Commecy is one of the greatest storytellers in recent imagination—and he’s doing it all without words. His creations anesthetize the part of our brain that questions how optical illusions are possible.

Commecy uses a technique called Trompe-l’œil to mimic 3D scenes so alive, you might mistake them for real life. He and his team of muralists turn blank walls across France into vibrant narratives, often inspired by the rich history of the place they’re in.

“Each of these frescoes depicts the identity, history, and characteristics of the place where it falls,” Commecy says.

In the town of Chamonix, pictured above, he pulled inspiration from the real story of 20 mountaineers who climbed Mount Blanc—now they forever hang off painted balconies.

In Cannes, home to the famous Cannes Film Festival, Commecy transformed an unremarkable façade into an iconic film scene.

Residents say the murals, by paying homage to their town’s identity and history, have improved their quality of life. Obscure Parisian towns are now tourist attractions — a town with a story others want to hear and see. Check out the rest of Commecy’s mind-bending creations below:

Commecy’s work inspires fresh viewpoints and a sense of community. The artists at Bucketfeet do the same, connecting us through wearable art that tells a story.

But you don’t have to be an artist to tell great stories. You just have to share. Whatever your medium, touch the lives of others. Be a part of a brighter world.

All images via Patrick Commecy’s site