Astrid Jaekel Curtain Twitchers Provide a Watchful Window Addition

By: Romina S. Cortellucci - Published: May 15, 2012 • References: astridjaekel and aestheticoflostness.org
Astrid Jaekel Curtain Twitchers keep an eye on the neighborhood. Created by Irish-born artist Astrid Jaekel, this display is featured on Edinburgh’s Victoria Street. Visible in the daytime, these creepy cut-outs come alive at night. Jaekel has masterfully lit each display, reaching her goal of gaining maximum impact at the darkest hours. 

Resembling stain glass, these paper cutouts are incredibly detailed on such a large scale. Each cutout depicts a senior citizen staring cynically through the windows.

Slightly judgmental and wholly truthful, these window watchers impart some wisdom, stating that maybe if passersby, “knew they were being watched they might behave.” This quote was written by Alan Bennett for the BBC Television Series ‘Talking Heads’ in a Lady of Letters monologues, and shows the societal reflection meant to depict the downfall of society that is identified by Jaekel's piece.