I just received my copy of the Cape Cod View magazine. Inside is an article that has pictures of some amazing artistry with cedar shingles. These are normal cedar shakes that are used all over the Cape as siding on houses. And in these cases, the artists are home siding specialists!
In the article titled "Great Shakes: Cedar shingling brings art to home exteriors", there are examples of cedar shingles which have been trimmed, shaped, and layered into a unique and creative new form of art! There are fish (including scales), hearts, flowers, diamonds, sailboats, and even a sea turtle!
The pictures and content are copywrited, so I am not at liberty to include that here, but you can go to the magazine's website and order a copy. I did find a website with some other examples and that is linked here. It provides a new vision to traditional cedar siding. (http://www.silhouetteshingles.com/Mural_Gallery.php)