TARPON SPRINGS, FL (WFLA) — A News Channel 8 story about a Tarpon Springs house covered with aluminum foil got worldwide attention. TV stations and websites picked up on the odd idea of a life-sized art project. Now, all the foil that once covered the home is gone.
Piotr Janowski took it down, one sheet at a time. “The landlord was just perfect. From the beginning, in January, I [told] him that I wanted to do it, he was very supportive,” said Janowski.
Janowski said he reached his goal of showing off the Tarpon beauty and now it’s time to end this project. As one part of this project ends, another begins. Using adhesive spray, Janowski attached foil pieces to a giant beach ball Thursday. He said he didn’t mind that some of his neighbors weren’t too crazy about his foil covered home. “Art always provokes and causes all kind of emotions and expressions. I respect those people as well as others,” he said.
Covered and ready, Janowski pushed the giant foil ball down the street and sidewalk, toward a recycling center.
The odd sight drew stares and got crazy looks from people passing in cars; drivers slowed to see the ball being pushed along. A detour at a daycare center caused quite a commotion, as the kids stretched to touch the giant metal ball.
At the recycling center, the end came for the foil. But did it really? It may return some day as a soda can or another box of foil.