Florida Man Covers Entire House In Aluminum Foil
Neighbors haven’t quite wrapped their heads around what’s going on at a home in Florida, where aluminum foil covers every inch of a house on three sides and dangles like silver earrings from trees.
Via Tampa Bay:
They’ve asked resident Piotr Janowski: Is he installing new insulation, pest control, antennas? He explains that it’s an outdoor art project, inspired by Florida’s beauty.
Someone called his landlord and code enforcement. A city arborist inspected the trees, some of them also wrapped in foil, and concluded they were not in danger. Code enforcement is still trying to determine if the project is violating any ordinances, said police Sgt. Ed Miller.
“This is art,” Janowski said. “In their thick, bureaucratic books, I’m sure they have nothing against this.”
Born in Poland, Janowski, 53, is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has created contemporary sculptures, prints, photography, and paintings and previously exhibited work at the Polish Museum of America in Chicago.
In December, he moved from Vienna to Tarpon Springs and rented a 1,180-square-foot house built in 1958 near Whitcomb Bayou. Once in Florida, he was enamored of the sunshine and the shadows of the palm trees.
“I was really happy with the location, the garden,” he said. “And from that time, something was cooking in my head.”
Janowski had painted on aluminum sheets before and decided to incorporate that into his idea. He bought Reynolds Wrap heavy duty rolls at Costco and covered two palm trees to highlight the trunks’ texture.
Then Janowski went to Home Depot, bought chicken wire, and created structures resembling ears. He cloaked the wire frames in foil and attached six of them to trees in his front yard.
“The ears are a symbol of curiosity,” he said. “This is also kind of a relationship between the nature and my work.”
JIM DAMASKE | Times