To a true artist, the whole world’s a canvas. To an artist who’s also a homeowner, there’s no greater canvas than the plain garage door. Long neglected as a platform for artistic expression, now the garage door is being recognized for it’s decorative potential. Now, thanks to one imaginative homeowner from Germany, the garage door is the source of a whole new business for him, and a new fad for homeowners. The product, created by German artist-entreprenuer Thomas Sassenbach and sold on styleyourgarage.com, is a weather and fire-resistant print designed to disguise the kind of boring, flaky, greying metalwork that characterizes the average garage door.
Sassenbach’s company prints images onto plastic sheets which can be stuck onto the facade of any garage door. Held in place by industrial strength Velcro, the extremely realistic images can create the impression that the garage contains a luxury vehicle, or a private jet,an oversized animal, or “the kind of equipment that any fledgling rock band would be proud of.” The garage door cover-ups are so realistic that, from a distance, they would undoubtedly fool an onlooker. Sassenbach’s available images include a Manhattan subway station, Formula One racing cars, an elephant, a crocodile, a private jet, and a speedboat. The weather and fire-resistant prints are easy to change and virtually indestructible.
These photo-realist garage doors are part of an international craze: designed not so much to keep up with the Joneses (and their private jet parked in the home garage), but to freak them out, says the Daily Mail. The paper published a series of photos of the garage doors online. Although the trend began in Germany, it’s now gone international. Now garage door owners with a sense of humor in the UK are clamoring for the garage door designs. And for fellow imaginative homeowners, Sassenbach will customise any image on request.