Artist Creatively Camouflages Ugly Public Buildings [Pics]
Roeland Otten makes city eyesores disappear through clever design choices.
Public Restrooms and electrical boxes, both necessary figures in an urban landscape, but not always the most attractive. Often made of concrete or rusting metal, the public utility buildings that dot a city are often some of its biggest eyesores. Overlooked by the majority of designers and architects, Amsterdam-based artist Roeland Otten turns these structures into focal points of the city by making them blend into their environment.
Similar to the techniques of camouflage artist Liu Bolin, Otten covers the buildings with paint, mosaic tiles, and prints to make them disappear into their backgrounds; what was once an obstruction blocking a view becomes an integral, seamless part of the environment. Pictured above, the ‘Transformation House’ was a concrete, graffiti-tagged electricity substation in Rotterdam that Otten covered with aluminum and high-resolution prints to create the optical illusion that the building was actually part of the park: