Ji Lee's parallel universes on ceilings

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Longtime BB readers may remember Ji Lee's fantastic 2005 "Bubble Project" where he stuck blank speech bubbles all over signs and billboards in NYC. Ji just emailed me about his fun new project:
People decorate their walls and floors, but most of them overlook their ceilings. It's such a waste of vast space. So I started to install miniature parallel worlds on the ceilings upon commission. It's fun to watch the reactions of people who after a while discover the parallel universe. They always smile. I think it makes their mind tickle.

I have installed skiing slopes, disaster scenes and art galleries. The theme of the scene is determined by the combination of the commissioner's interest, architectural elements of the ceiling and Ji Lee's suggestions.

Previously on BB:
• Speech bubble sticker gallery Link


  1. I love this! What a fantastic idea to create your own little world on a ceiling. The opportunity for self expression is so great it Boggles the mind. I’m so glad to have seen this. I have no doubt viewers smile when they encounter these little pieces, the thought of them makes me grin! Thanks BB!

  2. For those of you who got to watch Canadian TV as a kid: I think I expect to see a Friendly Giant hanging upside down and arranging chairs. “And let’s move the rocker over here for Cory.” Kinda fun. I know my spiders would love this stuff!

  3. As a youngster I used to lie on the couch with my head hanging over the side and try to imagine what it would be like if there was furniture up there on the ceiling. I guess I wasn’t the only one.

  4. Parallel worlds? You’ve got to be kidding. I guess you can just call creating miniatures and sticking them on the ceiling a “Parallel Universe” and everyone will accept it now. He’s making doll furniture and gluing it to the ceiling. Nothing more. And there are plenty of people who create miniatures way better than he does.

  5. While the “creating miniatures” aspect is part of it, the bigger deal here (pun intended) is the concept.

    What was that Yoko Ono piece that she did on the ceiling with the magnifying glass? It’s like that.

    Also, moar cieling cat pl0x

  6. Well, if the concept is what is important here, the concept is very weak. I find it childish.

    Agreed, tho, teh Ceiling Cat lieks teh ppl lots. No 2 ever diez no moar, k? Psst–djew ‘ear tha’?

  7. I guess its purely a matter of taste in that regard.. like most, if not all art. :) I find it not childish but imaginative and entertaining.

  8. I was trying to find a ceiling fixture a while ago, and I couldn’t… so I was thinking of putting a table lamp on the ceiling (one with a finial, to keep the lampshade on).

    I probably won’t, if for no other reason than possible fire hazard, but the idea of a lamp upside-down on the ceiling amuses me.

  9. Aw, I was expecting the parallel universe to be a miniature version of the room that contains itself.. Still pretty neat.

    Anyone for recursion?

  10. You know, it might be worth the risk of arrest and public humiliation to sneak into strangers’ houses and install these while they’re out.

    At the very least, these should be installed and left behind in hotel rooms you visit.

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