Janowski took down his foil house art installation on July 13. I added two new pictures.My first impression upon seeing artist Piotr Janowski ‘s aluminum foil house? I wonder if Mark Kelly can see it from space?
In May, Tampa Bay media reported that a Tarpon Springs, FL resident had wrapped his house in aluminum foil. This being Florida, the state known for attracting characters, it was small news. Still, I had to see the house.
A shiny house stands out in a neighborhood of white block look alikes. The art upset the neighbors. The Tampa Bay Times story has a tone similar to the classic children’s book Imogene’s Antlers, by David Small — in the story, well meaning towns folks launch a frenzy of “cures” to rid Imogene of her antlers. Artist Piotr Janowski experienced a similar reaction. Neighbors called code enforcement to remove the unsightly skin, others called an arborist in case the wrapped palm trees might be suffering. Some neighbors speculated on “what-ifs” in threatening tones. Janowski shrugged indifference (as did Imogene). Isn’t art supposed to stir up trouble and get people talking? Continue reading