Monday, 5 September 2011

Trompe l'oeil

Knaresborough, when I visited, had just had an Arts Festival.  Dotted all around the town were these rather marvellous trompe l'oeil features, a project that originated as part of the Festival a few years ago but which has been futher developed by Renaissance Knaresborough. (Click on each to really appreciate them).


 A secret tunnel at the railway station..
 Doors and windows..                     



                                            Even Mother Shipton herself!                                               
 

Apparently the town is well suited to this, as many of the Georgian buildings have 'blind windows' - bricked up windows.  There are various theories about these - maybe they were a way of avoiding window tax, or simply used to keep the symmetry of the buildings without the expense of glass.

16 comments:

  1. These look fab! I have always loved Knaresborough - and your posts have brought back memories for me. It looked a really gorgeous day when you visited. I love the way you are picking up Granny tips. xxxxxx

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  2. I like all those trompe-l'oeil, they are really fantastic!

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  3. I've seen lots of windows like this but never anything as elaborate as the "tunnel" - fantastic!

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  4. The tunnel has to be the winner; there must be a project and a photo-book in there somewhere.

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  5. Good idea for the blind windows,

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  6. I absolutely love wall murals and the ones you have shared here are so well done, they almost certainly deceived my eyes!

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  7. Excellent, Jenny. Maybe those were originally functioning doors and windows but later bricked over when wall space inside was needed more. In the historic neighborhood of German Village in Columbus, Ohio, where I lived for a while, there were many bricked over doors and windows as renovations inside changed things.

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  8. That's terrific ! it looks so true !

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  9. Those are brilliant. What a great idea.

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  10. What extraordinarily gifted artists to produce these amazing works of art. Have to admit that the detail in the tunnel won me over!

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  11. What fun and how well done! I love the tunnel!

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  12. I love these and the tunnel was my favorite. I hope that these remain throughout the year as they brighten a blank brick wall.

    Perhaps the bricked-up windows were an unintended consequence of "window taxes."

    Bises,
    Genie

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  13. Love trompe l'oeil! Isn't it fun! Thanks for all the photos. Window tax?

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  14. These are fascinating! ~Lili

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  15. Delightful trompe l'oeil! I enlarged each one.

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