For those of you that don’t know Dutch artist M.C. Escher’s work, it would still be apparent that the inspirational Metamorphosis III comes from the unique detailing on the façade of this Hayne Wadley Architecture home located in Waratah Bay, Victoria, Australia.
Metamorphosis III is a woodcut print created from 1967 to ‘68 in the Op Art period and measures a whopping 19cm x680cm or for those who don’t know the metric system 7.48”x267.72”. This Escher piece is a whopping 22+ft long!
Since it is impossible to see the details when presented in its complete length, here is an image of the Metamorphosis III divided into 3 sections and placed one on top of the other. The print is Escher’s largest and is a total of 33 blocks on six combined sheets, all mounted on one large canvas giving it the ability to wrap around curves or corners.
Now when you look at the Waratah Bay home by Hayne Wadley Architecture it is clear exactly what parts of the Escher Metamorphosis III wood blocking where used on the façade of this unique building.
As creative as the outside of the Waratah Bay home is, the imagery continues through the interior spaces as well and in this instance – on the ceiling.
The interior design also features bespoke wall shelving that takes the form of several of the Escher Metamorphosis III woodcut motifs.
Both the ceiling detail and the shelving units are contained within the living area part of the open concept plan.
Can you see where Escher’s Metamorphosis II is referenced in the kitchen? No? It’s subtle, just look at the shape of the kitchen island - clever.
While neither the master bedroom nor the bathroom feature silhouettes of Metamorphosis III, they do celebrate the colour and geometry Escher used within the woodcut, I especially like the placement of colour on the bathroom ceiling rather than the walls.
Gotta love a design inspired by art!
Photograhy by Rhiannon Slatter
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