Here is my entry for this week’s One Word Photo Challenge – Mahogany, though it is not so much about the color Mahogany as it is about the species of wood.
This is a furniture piece by woodworker/artist Wendell Castle that can be found at the Renwick Gallery in Washington DC, part of the Smithsonian, called Ghost Clock.
Though it appears to be a grandfather clock covered by a white muslin sheet with a rope tied around it, Ghost Clock is actually a piece of art done in the Trompe L’œil style, which is French for Deceive the Eye.
Despite what you think you see, upon closer examination the viewer discovers that this piece is actually an intricate carving made from one solid piece of laminated Mahogany.
How can that be when it seems to be made from material of two different colors?
Well the sheet portion has been bleached to give it that pale appearance, but it really is made from one solid piece of wood.
The attention to detail in the folds and creases in the sheet is truly impressive. You really have to get up-close to realize that what you’re looking at is not what you think it is.
The Renwick is currently closed for renovations so unfortunately for those who’d like to see this piece in person, you’ll have to wait until 2016.
In the meantime you’ll find lots more pictures and info about it online.
As always, thanks for looking 🙂