Using Ingenious Artistic Camouflage To Rid Cities Of Ugly Buildings
Original story at Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation• 2 mentions • 10 months ago
Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation 10 months ago
A Dutch artist has started making unsightly structures disappear though various optical techniques, creating a more beautiful--and way more interesting--looking city.Roeland Otten, a designer in Rotterdam, has come up with an ingenious way of hiding some of those ugly, functional buildings that litter city streets: Make them look like they’re not there. Taking a leaf out a survivalist’s handbook, he is painting, tiling, and wrapping small structures, so they are less visible to the naked eye--or at least, a little less of an eyesore.Otten got the idea when neighbors near where he lives in the old part of the city wanted to do something about a concrete electricity substation. They organized a competition for designers and artists, and Otten’s concept of plastering the building with hyper-high-res background pictures won. The actual design was realized by a local company that works on aluminum surfaces."There was a great concrete structure put there by the energy company. There was no way of getting rid of it, and people in the street were complaining," Otten says. "So I thought, rather than making it disappear, how about making it look like it was disappearing?"Otten says the photos are holding up well four years later, and anti-graffiti paint means the frequent tagging is easy to wipe off.