Who ever said that art in the public realm was relegated to commercial buildings? A BRO reader captured these images of a house in the Elmwood Village that has been turned into a canvas for art. From the wheatpaste doggie gate and fence to a hanging work of art high up towards the roofline, the owner (or tenant) of this residential property has created a subtle painted landscape that plays off of everyday design elements.
I love the way the colors of the portrait frame pick up the red tones of the dentil work. And the way the doggie gate is customized for the occupant who can be seen behind it. Even the juxtaposition of the bare tree, set against the vibrant colors of the hanging plant – that tree also signals the approach of fall and winter, at which time it will blend in with its surroundings. The man in the painting creates the same sort of intrigue that one might have when visiting a historic house where an oil painting of someone’s distant relative is hung above the fireplace. In this case, the “painting” is perfectly placed as one window was left out in order to create a space for this particular work of art.