Not a window in sight


For this post I’d like to quote from one of my favorite artist blogs, galeriaredelius:


“As a child I was extremely fascinated to learn that in the past, they would sometimes paint windows on the facade, for visual symmetry and/or to cover the fact that they could not afford windows everywhere.

Those are called “blind windows” in Swedish (perhaps “false windows” is the proper word en English?).* 

I’m not sure what it was that fascinated me the most: the word itself (implying that real windows could see?), the vanity of this whole concept or that seen from far, they actually sometimes did look like real windows.”

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photo response to window  captured in Oakland, CA

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* another word used in English—the French word faux
. . . and in reply to  a reader, here’s a  detail that allows you to see for yourself .

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6 thoughts on “Not a window in sight

  1. So… you seem to be implying that… these are not… real windows? Well, then it’s “faux” really well made, and they still look like windows to me (so I’m the “blind” one this time!). It proves some kind of “power” to windows, doesn’t it? Important not only for rich landlords hundreds of years ago, but still for us, today.
    And thank you so much for quoting, I’m really honoured!

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  2. Yes, in the detail of one window at the bottom of the post, it’s easier to see. It is a fine work of illusion, wouldn’t you say?
    I agree with your well-made comment about windows. It makes one think!
    I so enjoy when people with different disciplines within the arts and sciences exchange and enliven exploration!

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