This apparent masterpiece is actually just a smudge someone found on a wall at work

“I thought the title was a joke and this was actual artwork,” said one Reddit user. “I thought this was the Barcelona skyline,” said another.

Art comes in many shapes and sizes, styles and genres – but this piece wasn’t even intentional.

At a winery in northern Oregon, one worker happened upon this magical-looking image of a snowy town skyline, but apparently it’s simply an arty smudge on a painted steel beam.

A smudge that looks like a snowy painting

(Stuart Packard)

The differences in colour, as well as the speckled background, combine to create a brilliant image.

Stuart, 29, who works at the winery, was the man who took the picture – he says he was cleaning up after racking a tank of grape must when he noticed the smudge.

“I think someone might have bumped it with a forklift at some point but I can’t really tell. If you zoom in it’s obviously just where something heavy banged into a steel beam, chipping the paint.”

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So the chances are whoever caused this tiny masterpiece had absolutely no idea what they had created – but what did Stuart make of it?

“I thought I saw a little town with a church in the middle and it made me smile,” he said.

“As cool as I think it is, the circumstances around it were just mundane coincidence so that seemed appropriate.”

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And what future does the masterpiece have? Well, Stuart has one idea to bring some attention to the accidental artwork.

“It’s a few inches long. I have a tiny frame, so when I head back to work I’ll put it around the smudge,” he said.

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