Artist merges photos of real-life structures with playful sketches

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#12 Giant clam

Artist merges photos of real-life structures with playful sketches 13
Credit: Instagram / Pietro Cataudella

This digital art features a sketch of a giant clam that lights up a photo of a dark alley in Bussana Vecchia, Italy. The drawing of the clam with a pearl inside is photoshopped into the image in a way where the upper valve of the mollusk is made complete by a reinforcement arch connecting two structures. Bussana Vecchia is a former ghost town. Abandoned due to an earthquake in 1887, it was renovated by an international community of artists in the early 1960s who added reinforcement arches and columns to buildings that survived the disaster.