Trompe l’oeil Door Mural
Office of Dr Lena D Karkalas DDS, Providence, Rhode Island
Located in the waiting room of a cosmetic dentist’s office in Providence, RI, this trompe l’oeil door mural features a sun-drenched patio adorned with flowers. It’s a very tranquil scene that comes as a pleasant surprise to first time visitors to the office, who only notice the mural after they close the door behind them.
The work is pleasing to the eye, and serves to brighten and enlarge an otherwise small waiting area. It feels like you are looking through a glass paned door and could walk right out onto this outdoor patio.
You wouldn’t know it to look at it now, but this metal door was very industrial looking. Right at eye level there is a square foot glass window surrounded by a protruding metal border with exposed screws or rivets. The challenge was to minimize the negative effect of these features by not only covering this part but also drawing the eye away to other elements. The mural was carefully composed to do just that. The eye dances and moves around the mural, and one can hardly notice the window with the metal frame.
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