Best Public Art Murals of 2017
We spend a lot of time preparing for all of our murals . Each project is very unique with its own characteristics, parameters and style. While its very hard to rate our best ones since we love all of them, here’s our top murals that really pushed our creative limits to a new level.
City of Olympia – Setting Free – Public Art Mural
What we Loved!
The people, the beautiful lake views, and the other art murals throughout the city. From the moment we landed everyone was so nice and helpful. We engaged with many of the community members that offered their help, took pictures and gave us very nice compliments…we even got a round of applause one night!
We missed the late bus out one night while we were trying to put in some the final touches and we ended up having to walk 2 miles from the last bus stop to where we were staying. While the air was nice and brisk, it felt like we were in Walking Dead with a bunch of gear while the streets were empty. Luckily, we did not encounter any zombies.
City of Hastings – Free Birds – Shipping Container Artwork
What we Loved!
Pushing our creative realm, the waterfall, the changing of the seasons, the interviews and the Washington Apples! This is our first 3D mural artwork on a shipping container. The experience of walking around the mural and seeing each element as a distinct but unified whole is a brand new take on public artworks. We were very fortunate to be interviewed about our process by The Hastings Gazette and KDWA radio station.
Art on a shipping container comes with a specific set of challenges. The most complicated pattern section of the mural was on the corrugated part of the shipping container. The corrugated surface made the lines breakup over the edge of the angled corrugation. We had to spend a lot of extra time fixing each line to make sure they were smooth. We had an unexpected temperature drop which gave us a slower drying time on the paint and we lost a days worth of work in the beginning stages. Luckily, we were prepared for any delays and we were able to complete the project one day ahead of schedule.
Wynwood Smoke Lounge Mural
What we Loved!
Imagine that you are contacted one day to create a massive mural in Wynwood with your favorite animals doing something completely out of the ordinary. Well, we were offered just that and we were trilled! We developed an amazing concept based around the client products and the end result was stunning! This massive mural is 14 feet by 70 feet with an adjacent wall that matches all the colorful patterns. It is a truly unique experience that customers love!
Its always hard to calculate how much paint you will actually need when you have about 15 plus colors to mix. Paint containers become your biggest resource. After matching, labeling and numbering each color, we developed a process that made working with so many colors easy. The great thing about challenging murals is that we learn from each process and each challenge provides us with the experience and knowledge to perfect our craft.
The Embassy House – Cherub Ceiling Mural
What we Loved!
If someone had told us that we would one day paint a massive sky and cherub ceiling mural at an ocean side beach house where Richard Nixon stayed we surely wouldn’t have believed them. Not only did we encounter our biggest challenge of recreating a classical Italian cherub painting but we had to created it on a vaulted ceiling 30 feet about the first floor. What can we say? We were modern day Michelangelo’s, putting our color theory and skills to the test. It was not only an honor but a valuable asset to our portfolio. We were able to show our abilities on a whole new level and that is amazing!
Watch that neck and that 30 foot drop! The vaulted ceiling had angles that were difficult to work with. We cramped up our necks and backs so the project took a bit longer to complete than first anticipated. We were careful around the edges of the scaffold, any misstep could result in a serious injury or a fatal 30 foot fall. All in all, we took our time to make sure we were careful and physically able to give it our best!
What we learned from it all…..
Each project is unique with its own set of goals and challenges. Though we are ready to do whatever it takes to finish the project with the most stunning result , we know that we must always be fully prepared for any delays or unexpected situations.
We love this process, we can’t imagine anything else in the world that is more fulfilling than to travel, meet new people and create amazing murals and art. We are not afraid of any challenge. In fact, for us each challenge is learning process that benefits the quality and execution of our work.
We look forward to an amazing year of new murals and public art!
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