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Tarpon Springs man who covered home in aluminum foil artist takes exhibit to St. Pete’s Museum of Fine Arts

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Earlier this year a man wrapped his rented home and a palm tree in aluminum foil in the interest of art. His neighbors weren’t amused. But Piotr Janowski’s shiny project did catch someone’s eye.

Janowski’s aluminum foil art will be featured at the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts beginning December 3. Janowski will apply foil to eight palm trees surrounding the museum and attach what he describes as abstract forms, “suggestive of the human ear.”

“The meticulously applied and highly reflective medium invites the viewer to explore every groove and hair of the bark. It does this mainly by exceptionally strong reflectance at sharp angles, and an unpredictable, scrambled appearance of colors and light coming in from the surrounding environment,” Janowski said in a statement. “In the uncovered palm tree, expected colors and shadows conceal the natural complexity and beauty to the viewer. Paradoxically, the installation is revealing through concealing.”

While the MFA has shown outdoor exhibits before, this is the first time they’ve featured a large-scale contemporary display.

The display, called “Curiosity,” will remain open for all to see through Valentine’s Day. Interestingly enough, the exhibit is sponsored by Reynolds Wrap.

Janowski has even bigger plans for his aluminum foil art. What began as a project aimed at exploring the mix of land and light in Florida has now become a quest for sustainable energy. Janowski hopes to one day create a sculpture that generates electricity.

A reception including a meet and greet with the artist is Thursday at 5:30 on the front steps of the museum.

Janowski was born in Poland in 1962. He studied art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has exhibitions in both Poland and Chicago.

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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