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Now this art makes me queasy

Posted Monday, August 18, 2008, at 7:54 AM

Bathroom at 20,000 feet?
This came in an e-mail to me asking me to imagine I was at a party in a tall building and had to use the restroom.

I am not sure I could go in there even if it was on the first floor. At least I might have to close my eyes and hope for the best.

Yes, I have an unusual fear of heights.

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I don't think a fear of heights is unusual -- I think it's a form of self-preservation! But then, maybe that's because I have a fear of heights.

I've seen this artist's work before. There's a French term for it that means "fool the eye." in this case, I think it fools the stomach, too.

-- Posted by MotherMayhem on Mon, Aug 18, 2008, at 9:03 AM

I have one for a smoker's lounge. It is a ceiling painted as if you are in a grave looking up at people looking down at you. Thought provoking to say the least!

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Aug 18, 2008, at 9:39 AM

Steve, I don't really have a fear of heights, but looking at this picture does make my stomach feel like it's in my throat. It's very neat though! I wouldn't mind having my bedroom painted as a picture of some sort! Thanks for sharing!!

-- Posted by candasons07 on Mon, Aug 18, 2008, at 9:45 AM

MotherMayhem - It's Trompe L'oeil, the French term for that kind of art.

-- Posted by cfrich on Mon, Aug 18, 2008, at 11:10 AM

I have received that picture in an e-mail also. There are some real artists out there.

-- Posted by bettyhbrown on Mon, Aug 18, 2008, at 7:06 PM

I have a fear of heights,too but that picture just reminded me of my bath after a plumbing leak rotted my floor out.

(As they have no shower curtain,I expect these homeowners suffered a similar occurrence.)

What scares me is that I blithely assumed I could step from tub to sink to toilet - or just do my business over the threshold,wash up in the tub and never go in any further.

BTW,what is that dark,squiggly thing among the clouds- a baby air kraken?

-- Posted by quantumcat on Mon, Aug 18, 2008, at 7:28 PM

Looks kind of like a kite to me. Maybe that artist has a sense of humor. Kind of like your doing your business over a neighborhood or something.

-- Posted by Thom on Mon, Aug 18, 2008, at 8:36 PM

I thought it was a person falling - the dark shape in the picture.

-- Posted by cfrich on Mon, Aug 18, 2008, at 10:26 PM

You know, it does look like it now. One of those blue-shirt and tie wearing office types. Ok, the artist's humor isn't as neat as I was thinking. Otherwise that person would have their pants down...not like you could see anything anyway.

-- Posted by Thom on Tue, Aug 19, 2008, at 12:04 AM

It is a person. I had to reduce it to meet blog standards. You have it dead on Thom.

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Aug 19, 2008, at 2:43 PM

I love this kind of art. One of my favorites is a bridge in Fredrick, Maryland. The link below shows several examples of this genre. If I could find an artist that would work for a reasonable remuneration maybe I could turn my old house into a mansion with just a little paint.:)


-- Posted by devan on Sat, Aug 23, 2008, at 9:51 AM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.