Well-known for hosting Rembrant’s The Nightwatch, Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum invited Turner Prize winner Richard Wright to decorate the ceiling outside of the room that holds the piece. Laying on his back, hoisted up a few feet from the ceiling, Wright painted 47,000 black stars in his typical mind-warping fashion. Jonathan Jones of Guardian UK explains the work of Glasgow-based Richard Wright:
He paints modern frescoes that transform interior spaces by literally opening up new perspectives. Using mathematically calculated techniques that go back to Italian Renaissance architects Filippo Brunelleschi and Leon Battista Alberti, he maps out abstract patterns that create vertiginous spatial illusions.
The patience and monotony of painting 47,000 stars is mind-blowing and the dizzying design must have made it even more of a challenge. Wright was probably seeing stars in his sleep! This stellar ceiling is a work that would make the soberest of people feel like they just ate treats from one of Amsterdam’s coffee shops.