2014 Hotel Deco Busting: When Angels Come to Town…

Intervention Against Tasteless Wall Decorations in Hotels and Holiday Apartments. (Part 10)
Intervention gegen geschmacklose Wanddekoration in Hotelzimmern und Ferienwohnungen. (Teil 10)

Since 2010 I have secretly been slightly altering tasteless or boring hotel or holiday apartment art whenever I had the chance to.

Recently we stayed at the Marriott Hotel in Frankfurt for two nights. Last year we were here too, and I made the piece ‘Love & Devotion‘ which is still one of my absolute favourites.

This time I came better prepared for working on artworks behind glass and with an idea for a new creation in mind. And as life has it, I was surprised that they have renovated the rooms and added new and much more colourful and modern art. Digital prints on canvas by some anonymous artist. I actually thought the new art is not bad and really loved the colours, especially the deep reds. It worked well in the room – compliments to the decorator!

But hey, even a good artwork can use some fun and magic…

This way it will stand out from the 100 exact copies of this print in the other rooms and hopefully add some sparkle to the lives of future guests who notice the small additions.

Without further ado, here is what happened:

BEFORE PIC (Digital print by unknown artist)
BEFORE PIC (Digital print by unknown artist)
AFTER Picture - can you see the differences?
AFTER Picture – can you see the differences?

Since I actually thought this artwork is not bad, I did not want to make huge differences and decided on many small interventions guided by what the images suggested to me…

Mice are dancing on the roof... how many mice do you see?
Mice are dancing on the roof… how many mice do you see?
Angels descending from the roof
Angels descending from the roof
Balloons and fireworks all over town
Balloons and fireworks all over town
Angels in town
Angels in town
New title of the artwork
New title of the artwork added to the bottom of the frame

I decided to add my new title on the bottom border of the artwork. If the guest has not noticed the slight alterations he or she might see this title when lying in bed and looking at the artwork and hopefully become curious.

If you ever stay in the Marriott Hotel in Frankfurt, you might want to ask for room 37-05 and enjoy the company of angels, mice and magic… 🙂

Alterations made with:
White marker, ink and felt pens on found canvas
90x90cm
March 2014

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