By now, most people are familiar with the term “cabinet” and its iconic meaning of “a cabinet made out of wood or plaster.”
But how about that new term “window”?
How about a wall painting?
Well, now you can.
According to an article by the Wall Street Journal, architects have developed “a windowless, canvas-based solution that can be used to create wall paintings,” and it could be the first time the technique has been used in an architectural context.
The article describes a project called “Lemonade” by the architectural firm, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, which combines the art of wood-painting with the “digital technology” of digital painting.
The result is a “painting in a windowless space, a canvas-filled space,” and “an empty space.”
The technique uses digital paint chips, a type of paint that can generate digital images with an accuracy that can range from 99.99 percent to 99.999 percent, the Journal reports.
A typical digital chip can generate an image that can run about 4,000 pixels in size.
The chips can then be combined with an adhesive, a plastic or glass material that “is easy to wipe off the painting surface and not require much pressure to apply.”
The article notes that the process is a bit different than what has been done before, with the artist having to create the walls themselves first, then create a window for the artwork.
It also mentions that the technology has been demonstrated at an exhibition in Hong Kong in January.
The Wall Street Review also reports that the company is now working on a larger-scale project, which includes “a glass wall” and “a full-scale window installation.”
The company’s founder, Richard Wachs, said in a statement that the work “represents a new approach to painting that can enable the world to imagine and see how the physical world works in an unprecedented way.”
The company’s goal is to develop a new technique that will allow architects and engineers to create new spaces in their buildings, the Wall St Journal reports, which could potentially help alleviate the need for massive glass-and-steel structures.