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« on: July 11, 2012, 10:32:14 AM »

We bought a house from a "artistic" gay chap last year, nice house, marble kitchen, high beamed ceilings etc, aside from that he had the lounge in a neon pink and green - but that we sorted out relatively quickly. We were also quite eager to rip off the 12 gecko's and three elephants he had mounted on the walls and gates.

Outside he mounted tiles in strategic places and painted "art" on them, so I've got a 6ft Virgin Mary posing against a wall behind a lovely garden bed, chickens clucking away by the garage door wall and sunflowers greeting you at the front door. Oh, and a fat lady with a daisy in her hand by the patio. He had King Tut's face mounted on the other side of the garage doors but we forced him to take the hideous thing with when he moved out.  We decided to paint a Yin and Yang on that particular tileset just for the hell of it.  The others we're scratching heads about. We considered ripping the tiles off, but the effort and costs involved getting the walls looking even will not be worth it (he chipped the plaster out to level the tiles in)

We're looking for things that represent our sceptisism, but also dont want to go all kitchy with it considering there are around 6 images we need to replace.  So the Darwin Fish doesnt make the grade. The taste is stark and minimalist, which is why the black and white Yin/Yang blends in. The S/O has a steady hand and a flair for drawing, but simple images that can be replicated by a layman would be preferable.

Any ideas/thoughts/suggestions?
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« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2012, 11:09:37 AM »

How about that atom sign they put on the graves of fallen soldiers that were not religious? Or a replica of the plaque that was sent with one of the Pioneer space probes (relatively simple and shouldn't be too difficult to redraw)? Perhaps a famous equation or two? Or something humorous: "God said... {fill in Maxwell equations}  ... and there was light." Or a simple line drawing portrait of Darwin, similar in style to the Pioneer plaque? Shouldn't be too difficult to draw, what with the distinctly ape-like forehead (or simply use a grid to transfer the image from a reference picture). :-)

For something a bit more tricky, one could try to replicate a fractal. If you print it out on paper, then lay the paper on the tile, you could perhaps work out a way to print it onto the tile. E.g. use the transfer method the Renaissance fresco artists used: poke small holes in the paper design to indicate the outlines, then lay the design onto the tile and dust graphite or charcoal powder on it, thus transferring the outlines onto the tile, after which it will be easier to accurately redraw it. One could perhaps follow a similar method to redraw those beautiful spiral paths that particles take in an accelerator - there should be plenty of images of such things on the web.

Hmm, a fun challenge - I'll see if I can think of some more... :-)
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« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2012, 11:19:07 AM »

Geez brianvds, you telepathic!? Evil I composed the following before your reply hit the forum.

How about things that are reminiscent of science?  Perhaps a few readily recognisable equations, e.g. Heisenberg’s uncertainty relation, Schrödinger’s equation, Einstein’s mass-energy equivalence.  Or if that’s too complicated and/or unappealing, some geometrical shapes, e.g. sections of a Penrose tiling, projections and/or unfoldings of geometrical objects like a Klein bottle or a tesseract, or the five Platonic solids.  If you feel up to the task, you can try fractal renderings like the Mandelbrot set or various Sierpinski gaskets.

These things can be done in black and white (assuming you don’t want your house to look like a psychedelic nightmare) and examples are easy to find on the internet.

A completely different motif could be to make it all look like wild forest or bush.

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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2012, 11:57:33 AM »

Ooooh! Fractals! it never passed my mind!  See, this is why I like this forum.

More suggestions are welcome, as mentioned, I've got quite a couple tiles to redecorate.
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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2012, 12:30:27 PM »

Whichever gimmicky science theme you go for, DO NOT forget to add some tasteful classical references as well. Just to balance things out, see. You can't go far wrong with nudes. A buxom young maiden straddling a Möbius strip are sure to turn some heads.

Are these tiles glazed ceramic or porous terracotta? What medium was used for the current art, and how are you going to remove it?

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« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2012, 12:46:25 PM »

If you want to try something challenging, you could also do replicas of some of MC Escher’s more mind-bending art.  There’s a special-purpose projector obtainable at good art shops which lets you project an image from a paper copy onto another surface like a wall for the purpose of tracing it at the desired magnification.

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« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2012, 13:00:55 PM »

Whichever gimmicky science theme you go for, DO NOT forget to add some tasteful classical references as well. Just to balance things out, see. You can't go far wrong with nudes. A buxom young maiden straddling a Möbius strip are sure to turn some heads.

Are these tiles glazed ceramic or porous terracotta? What medium was used for the current art, and how are you going to remove it?

Rigil

Its not glazed and we'll sand down the current "art" before applying a base coat and applying our own designs. As far as I can ascertain, its just the usual outdoor paint used. I could be entirely wrong though, Its not an area that I have much knowledge in. I'll go take some pics of the tiles and post them here for scrutiny.
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« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2012, 13:10:52 PM »

... there are around 6 images we need to replace.

Six images, six kingdoms of life. Co-inkydink? I think not!


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« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2012, 13:57:37 PM »

A buxom young maiden straddling a Möbius strip are sure to turn some heads.

I've already got a Virgin Mary clutching a scathe white robe to her breast... it will need some pondering..  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2012, 14:35:24 PM »

A buxom young maiden straddling a Möbius strip are sure to turn some heads.

I've already got a Virgin Mary clutching a scathe white robe to her breast... it will need some pondering..  Grin
Is this before or after she was raped by god?
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« Reply #10 on: July 11, 2012, 14:56:39 PM »

A buxom young maiden straddling a Möbius strip are sure to turn some heads.

I've already got a Virgin Mary clutching a scathe white robe to her breast... it will need some pondering..  Grin
Is this before or after she was raped by god?

God alone knows, the way she's clutching that piece of cloth, I'd wager just before....  WTF!!
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« Reply #11 on: July 11, 2012, 15:29:07 PM »

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« Reply #12 on: July 11, 2012, 16:50:12 PM »

You can't go far wrong with nudes. A buxom young maiden straddling a Möbius strip are sure to turn some heads.


Or raise them.

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If you want to try something challenging, you could also do replicas of some of MC Escher’s more mind-bending art.


Way too much mind-reading going around this forum, stop that! But seriously I love his work with these kinds of morphing patterns. Just imagine if you take an existing pattern from the surrounding tiles and morph it to blend back at the edges. I like.

I'd do something with the Golden ratio spiral too.

If you really want to get some attention and make a statement, a big red A could be done, however I like this one better.

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« Reply #13 on: July 11, 2012, 16:53:50 PM »

Of course, Brett Murray may also have some novel suggestions...
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« Reply #14 on: July 11, 2012, 16:56:56 PM »

Hmm, it would be super geeky (hence awesome) if one were to mount the Einstein's face illusion somewhere.

In fact there could be tons of cool illusions to use.
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