Frederick, Maryland: Trompe l'oeil Bridge Mural

The walls and bridgework along Carroll Creek are painted to create the illusion of an ivy-covered stone bridge, with fake niches, fountains and statues, and 3,000 unique painted stones.

Carroll St., Frederick, MD
From I-70 to exit 54. Continue on S. East St. to E Patrick St. Carroll Street Bridge over Carroll Creek between E. Patrick and E. All Saints Sts. at creek level.
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Trompe l'oeil Bridge Mural

This site was absolutely worth the trip to see. Bridge was amazing and walking up the canal with all of the local downtown restaurants and shops was delightful.

[Nona Fisher, 05/09/2021]

Bridge murals.

Community Mural Bridge

A large-scale, award-winning trompe l'oeil mural transforms a plain concrete bridge into an old, ivy-covered stone bridge.

This is one of my favorite places to show visitors and locals. It just blows my mind every time. Looking across the canal, you would think that it was stone, ivy, moss and structures. It's not, it's all trompe l'oeil!

[Kariann Zentz, 07/11/2014]

In 1993, Artist William Cochran persuaded the town that this was a good idea, solicited thousands of community suggestions, and created (with assistants) the mural -- 3,000 square feet, with over 3,000 simulated stones -- by 1998.

Nearby Offbeat Places

National Museum of Civil War MedicineNational Museum of Civil War Medicine, Frederick, MD - < 1 mi.
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Roads and Rails MuseumRoads and Rails Museum, Frederick, MD - < 1 mi.
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