again -- it's trompe l'oeil
to the Lawn won't be faced with a construction eyesore when viewing
the Rotunda this summer. From a distance, they may even mistake
the plywood fence surrounding the southwest wing of the Rotunda
for the real thing, thanks to the illusion created by two architecture
Undergraduate Erin Hannegan (left) and graduate architectural
history student Katherine Dyll are painting the fence to appear
as the southwest wing of the building -- fan windows, keystones
and all --a technique known as trompe l'oeil, or "tricks"
the eye. The students, under the supervision of Curator and Architect
of the Academical Village J. Murray Howard, are also assisting
in renovation, maintenance and restoration work to several of
U.Va.'s historic pavilions.
maintenance projects on the Lawn will alter foot traffic near
the Rotunda through Oct. 6. This summer, pedestrians will have
to use the East tunnel entrance to get to the Rotunda. Howard
said the fence around the southwest wing of the Rotunda will be
removed in September.