Aluminum foil has many uses. It can be used to cook and store food, make various forms of art, and, according to some questionable characters, block out mind-reading aliens. Some even use aluminum foil to insulate their windows in hot climates. Despite a few recent claims of aluminum being linked to alzheimer’s, this amazing product can also be used to turn an entire house into a silvery, shiny object of intrigue.
Welcome to 402, Ashland Ave, Tarpon Springs, Florida.
As you walk along the side of his aluminum wrapped driveway, a silvery monument to foil-artists around the world emerges.
Piotr Janowski, the current resident, decided to use aluminum foil to create something that can only exist in some strange Florida version of Oz.
“Curious onlookers rarely identify the installation as art,” Janowski told ABC.
Janowski continued, “It was almost always assumed to have a practical value, such as a new form of insulation, pest control, or fire retardant.
The act of covering the facade of a house (along with the palm trees and sculpture installation) introduced something uncommon and unexpected into the neighborhood environment.
He hopes it offers a new perspective on what had been commonplace.
And a new perspective is exactly what he has provided…
…in extremely shiney…
Tampa Bay Times reports that not all neighbors are pleased about the situation. However, some are just baffled.
“To each his own,” stated neighbor, Candy Labatte. “It’s just odd.” Possible understatement? When Tampa Bay Times asked how Janowski felt about the criticism, he replied, “It doesn’t matter if they love it or hate it. It’s very good for any artist. This is just really the beginning.”
To make matters more interesting, the place is rented. Apparently, wrapping your house (and everything else on your property) in foil so you can watch your distorted reflection for hours doesn’t violate any city ordinances.
His landlord and city officials don’t know what to do about the matter. Ever wonder how those random laws covering things like “not feeding a squirrel ice cream on Sundays” get invented? Mystery solved.
As if his T-1000 house wasn’t enough, Janowski decided it needed a foil forest too.
Don’t worry, Janowski knows what you’re thinking. He made sure to take care of local wildlife.
Here is a family of redheaded woodpeckers, obviously thrilled with their newly aluminum wrapped home.
So far, no reports of the parents forgetting where home is.
Once a palm tree, now an amazing, giant, silvery mushroom-thing!
Janowski reported that he would be taking down the foil within a month’s time, and then contacting museums about doing more displays.
Who knows what shiney creation he’ll roll out with next! I, for one, am curious.