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St. Petersburg museum sees the art in aluminum

Artist Piotr Janowski works with University of South Florida fine arts student Amra Causevic to apply foil to one of four palms in front of the Museum Of Fine Arts in St Petersburg. Janowski is preparing for his art installation, called "Curiosity" outside of the museum where he will install contemporary sculptures that symbolize ears to a total of eight palm trees around the museum. The installation will open Dec. 3 and will remain until Feb. 14. Janowski gained international media coverage in the summer of 2015 when he created a large-scale installation at his rented home in Tarpon Springs. Janowski wrapped his home, driveway, and palm trees in foil. "My goal is to create awareness about solar energy and I am working now on sculptures that produce solar energy themselves."  [SCOTT KEELER | Times]

Artist Piotr Janowski works with University of South Florida fine arts student Amra Causevic to apply foil to one of four palms in front of the Museum Of Fine Arts in St Petersburg. Janowski is preparing for his art installation, called "Curiosity" outside of the museum where he will install contemporary sculptures that symbolize ears to a total of eight palm trees around the museum. The installation will open Dec. 3 and will remain until Feb. 14. Janowski gained international media coverage in the summer of 2015 when he created a large-scale installation at his rented home in Tarpon Springs. Janowski wrapped his home, driveway, and palm trees in foil. "My goal is to create awareness about solar energy and I am working now on sculptures that produce solar energy themselves." [SCOTT KEELER | Times]

Earlier this year, Polish artist Piotr Janowski decided to wrap his rental home and several trees in aluminum foil as part of his first outdoor art project.

His Tarpon Springs neighbors, some of whom complained to the city, were not impressed.

But St. Petersburg's Museum of Fine Arts apparently was: Janowski is bringing his aluminum art to the museum's grounds next month.

The exhibit, called "Curiosity" and sponsored by Reynolds Wrap (we're not kidding), will begin Dec. 3 and run through Feb. 14.

"Paradoxically," said Janowski in a statement, "the installation is revealing through concealing."

He will be applying foil and attaching "abstract forms, suggestive of the human ear" to eight palm trees around the museum at 255 Beach Drive NE, a museum statement reads.

Last December, Janowski, a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, moved from Vienna to Tarpon Springs. He was instantly enamored by Florida's tropical beauty and decided to create a project that reflected, literally, the nature around him, Janowski told the Tampa Bay Times in May.

He covered several trees and three sides of his rental home at 402 Ashland Ave. in foil, until removing the project in July. Janowski has moved back to Vienna.

St. Petersburg museum sees the art in aluminum 11/27/15 [Last modified: Friday, November 27, 2015 11:00am]
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