Ian Smith works in the ancient art of marquetry, which involves cutting pieces of wood veneer by hand to create an image. Ian described the project as:
I am hoping to do a more modern pastiche of the baroque style (defined by bold curving forms and dramatic effects with a touch of the bizarre). I have been checking out your amazing work and in particular I love the 360 degree picture of the old gas station.
I sent Ian a high resolution image to work from, and the piece is nearing completion. I was really blown away by Ian’s interpretation of the image.
As an experiment, I made an interactive version of Ian’s marquetry gas station piece.
The marquetry pano wasn’t designed to wrap as a full 360. I did a little bit of leveling on the horizon and smoothing on the seam for the interactive version, while still respecting Ian’s work. The wood grain on the gas station roof is amazing!
After being marveled by Ian’s work for the last few days, I decided to buy the marquetry gas station pano after Ian’s big art show next month. I’m planning to hang the wood version on my wall, next to a print of the original. You can view more of Ian’s work on The Marquetry Shack. And stay tuned — Ian is already considering doing another wood version of one of my 360 night panoramas.