“I wouldn’t take it down if I were you,” advises Bart in an episode of The Simpsons. “That’s a load-bearing poster.”
Wall decorations that hold up the house may still be the stuff of cartoons, but those who think that art should do something to pull its weight around the house will be pleased to know that the company Prestyl has taken “a highly efficient and reliable French thin-film technology that has been used in aircraft, ships, trains, homes and public buildings for nearly 16 years” and “successfully incorporated this film in ultra-thin, easy to use printed artworks.” The bottom line: you can heat your home with art.
Well, with “art.” Prestyl’s website features a simulator that allows you to choose one of the prints and see how it would look against your wall. I selected this attractive image, above, of horses hanging out. (The ultramod furniture is mandatory.) The current choices are so conservative that they make the IKEA art department look like the Soap Factory, but if this idea takes off, presumably in time you’ll be able to order reproductions of more daring pieces, or even design your own.
Personally, I’m waiting for Prestyl to wrap its film around some sculptures. A space heater in the form of Duchamp’s Fountain would be the ultimate postmodern status symbol.