French art director Alexis Persani along with French photographer Léo Caillard have brought a little modern flair to some perfectly sculpted, centuries-old masterpieces. To create this project called Street Stone, Caillard photographed the statues first, and then he photographed his friends in similar poses, wearing selected trendy outfits. Using digital manipulation, Persani then created the illusion of the classic figures dressed in modern day garb.
The final results are a funny combination of two very different worlds. Both of the artists state that the purpose of the project is “to catch the eye of the beholder by the marriage of two worlds so different.” You can watch the video of Persani’s Photoshop process below. As you can see, the classic lounging sculptures suddenly develop distinct fashion sensibilities, donning cropped pants, Ray Bans, and plaid shirts and transforming into hipsters right before our very eyes.