I would very much love to either mimic or scan and design a mural based on the Voynich Manuscript.
Taken from Wikipedia:
The Voynich manuscript is a handwritten book thought to have been written in the early 15th century and comprising about 240 vellum pages,[notes 1] most with illustrations. The author, script, and language remain unknown: for these reasons it has been described as “the world’s most mysterious manuscript”.
Generally presumed to be some kind of ciphertext, the Voynich manuscript has been studied by many professional and amateur cryptographers, including American and British codebreakers from both World War I and World War II. Yet it has defied all decipherment attempts, becoming a historical cryptology cause célèbre. The mystery surrounding it has excited the popular imagination, making the manuscript a subject of both fanciful theories and novels: numerous possible authors have been suggested for it.
In the end, this manuscript dates to the 1500s. I think the imagery is unique because of its out-of-time creativity and its mystery.
If these images were scanned/redrawn at a larger scale, and printed as a wall mural, the mystery would become larger than life, and become a puzzle to be solved! I can’t think of a better dining room /restaurant topic to discuss than these insane/genius rambings.
Take a look at some of the illustrations:
See a large collection of Voynich JPGS here.
What would it take turn Voynich images into pleasing murals?
Being that the images are hand drawn on paper dated to the 16th century, we’re not starting out with a lot of detail. So, the scans and images that are generally available now would likely be the best we’re going to get. The murals would be best created if the various illustrations were composited together and the ‘text’ removed. Because the purpose is to create a mysterious dinner topic, and not pure research — some image touch ups, and simplifications could be included.
Depending on the room size, I would guess about 2 hours per linear foot of wall space would be required to design a mural/murals. Would I do it for a customer? Gladly!!
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