The neighbors of southern Ontario resident Robert Hohenadel are not too pleased with his recent home makeover.
The pilot and longtime mural admirer hired local Cambridge street artist Ean Kools to give his house a unique update, covering the bright blue siding with massive illustrations of clouds, planes and other large-scale graphics, reports CTV News. Over the past two weeks, the artsy paint job has since caused quite the controversy in the small Canadian town.
Neighbor Beryl Whiteman expressed the collective concern to CTV News, stating, “A lot of people are upset. As far as I understand. I’m not sure why. But I think the biggest thing is, is it gang related?” An anonymous resident complained to the station that the mural will bring down the property value of his home.
The city's building and enforcement staff have attempted to assure residents that the artwork doesn't break any of the city's bylaws, which means Kools' project can remain on the house. Which is a good thing for Hohenadel, who spent $1,000 for every 100 square feet of the mural.
This isn't the first time a house has gained attention for shocking splotches of color, of course. In May, a North Dakota resident got into hot water from neighbors and a city official for covering the exterior of his house with brightly-colored polka dots. In 2007, the New York based artist Julian Schnabel raised the ire of West Village preservationists when he painted his house a shocking pink. Andrew Berman, the director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, told The Villager at the time: "I think virtually any other color would be more acceptable." Well, preservationists got their wish when "Palazzo Chupi" recently received a facelift.
What do you think, readers? Would you be interested in a drastic makeover for your home? Check out more wacky homes in the slideshow below.
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