The Department of Phenomenal Pencil Art has found its spiritual headquarters in Pencil Vania, a three-story, 980-square-foot stairwell inside Jaina A. Davis’ house in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood. Every surface of this stairwell is covered in pencils of all sorts, creating a marvelous mosaic that smells like the first day of school. It’s the work of mosaic artist Jason Mecier (previously featured here) who spent five years (1997 to 2002) on the project using a grand total of 185, 252 pencils.

The fabulous portrait in pencils in the top photo is “Granny”, a futuristic portrait of Jaina Davis herself at the age of 88. Click here to learn more about Pencil Vania.

Then click here to view many more photos of this amazing pencil mosaic, all taken by Emily Duffy. She also photographed Davis’ incredible bathroom which is decorated in an entirely different, but equally dazzling tile undersea-themed mosaic.

[via Neatorama]