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The Night Watch Gallery at the Rijksmuseum Has a Star Print Ceiling

By: Misel Saban - Published: Jun 15, 2013 • References: gagosian and wired
The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam unveiled its The Night Watch gallery with an astounding star print mural across the room's ceilings. Museum guests can look up at the star-printed covert and feel as though the ceiling goes on endlessly like the night's sky.

Painter Richard Wright was commissioned to transform the gallery's ceilings into an endless star mural. Wright spent roughly two months laying on his back painting over 47,000 identical and equally spaced black stars onto the white covert. When visitors look up at the ceilings, the stars seem to blur into one another creating the optical illusion that the roofs are endless, much like the night's sky. Wright beautifully reverses the traditional sky colors by painting the sky white and the stars black, instead of the other way around. The result effect is a remarkable floating white space that seems to impossibly go on forever.