Meet Mildred, the Trompe L’oeil Sea Monster


Wouldn’t something like this be fantastic at McAuliffe? I could see it sitting on our front lawn, the blacktop, the hallway b/w the 4/5s and Kinder… Who’s up for making something like this? What would we need to make it happen?

Originally posted on Make::


Brooklyn, N.Y.-based artist Shana Siegel has been creating murals and scenic paintings for theater, television, and exhibitions since 2005. Her latest piece, named Mildred, is a departure (literally), as it’s composed of four standalone plywood pieces that together create a fantastic optical illusion. Constructed and painted in the style of traditional theatrical scenery using plywood, acrylic, polyurethane, screws, and sandbags, Mildred is an experiment in seeing what would happen if Shana took the pieces “out of the theater and into the real world.” Through Mildred, Shana “demonstrates how two dimensional painting can appear three dimensional, and be created by human hands. No computer graphics necessary.”

Mildred was installed at Maxon Mills, a seven-story grain elevator serving as the exhibition space for the Wassaic Project (as seen in the images here), and Shana will be installing Mildred at World Maker Faire New York, taking place September 21 and 22, at…

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2 responses to “Meet Mildred, the Trompe L’oeil Sea Monster

  1. Hello! Glad you like “Mildred”! Several of my murals around the city have been at public schools and funded by New York Cares. I bet we could get them to fund a project like this. I could take you through the process of developing a concept, showing you how to make it, and involving the community in its creation. The creation of large scale images can be a really interesting process, and its a great hands on activity. Let me know if you would like my help. -Shana (Mildred’s maker)

    • Hi Shana,

      Thanks for your offer. I would love to connect with you and learn more about the process. How should we start? Can you send me an email with a way to contact you?
      Here’s my email:

      Thanks again for sharing this very creative idea!


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