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Florida man wraps home in aluminum foil because, art

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There’s a fine line between art and just plain weird and a Tarpon Springs artist is dancing that line.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Poland native Piotr Janowski wrapped three sides of his home in aluminum foil. He’s covered palm trees in the reflective silver wrap and constructed ears from heavy-duty Reynold’s Wrap and some chicken wire.

The ears are attached to other trees. They are meant to be symbols of curiosity.

An arborist determined the foil wasn’t a threat to the trees.

The Times reports Janowski graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago and despite pushback from some neighbors and an investigation by code enforcement, he said he’s not breaking any rules.

“I was really happy with the location, the garden, he told the Times. “And from that time, something was cooking in my head.

Janowski has reportedly used aluminum foil in art projects before, but this takes on a whole new tone. Photos of the home he is renting show an almost alien-like reflective home and palm tree with Janowski sitting happily under it.

In the photo he’s in the shade, but move that chair back a few feet and Janowski could probably catch himself a pretty mean sunburn from the reflection of the broad side of his home.

Even fixtures attached to the home like the breaker box and electric meter are covered in foil. The front door is, too, as are the windows.

Neighbors reportedly thought, initially, their neighbor was installing new insulation or trying to get better Internet connectivity.

Nope, just art.

According to a Times report, not all the neighbors are complaining. One neighbor told the reporter “to each his own, it’s just weird.”

Janowski said he’ll take the foil, plastered to his home with adhesive spray, down in about a month. After that he hopes to display similar displays in other places later.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email

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