MURAL ARTISTS - GIANT STAIRWELL GRAFFITI
-Massive Graffiti Stairwell Mural! Giant Tombstone Towers hover over
endless crowds of tiny faceless denizens. Tilting and spinning the
city inspires a playful vertigo inciting both caution and adventure
as we lose our self amidst the madness. All of my drawings take place
within an imaginary “City of Gears”. In this allegorical
metropolis the buildings resemble giant gears while it is up to all
the different people moving through them to fuel the machine. While
each of my artwork deals with different themes the primary message
behind my “HEY APATHY” project is that everything we do makes a
difference both as individuals and as a collective society.
For this monumental
mural project I decided to revisit some of my earliest and most
iconic imagery from the HEY APATHY! 2001 collection. These city-scape
were perfect for the 4 story stairwell for several reasons.
Conceptually we (the owners of the building and myself) wanted to
create something that would be visually striking and have a real
urban feel to it but not as stressful or chaotic as my street
artworks because people would be working in the building every day.
The exposed stairwell is also highly visible from the passing highway
so we needed a design that would work both from inside and from a
distance to give the building a distinguished characteristic. I
decided to use these images to emulate ancient cave drawings in a way
that fit perfectly with both our conceptual and technical concerns.
I painted the mural
using white acrylic enamel paints on a tinted black surface using a
1.5 inch thick paint brush and a 4 inch roller on an extendable pole.
From top to bottom the stairwell is comprised of a 5 floors including
the basement and rooftop with 4 landings located between each floor.
The (physically exhausting) installation took approximately 15 hours
to complete. I finished the basic design layout in 10 hours and was
able to add a second coat & clean up the edges in an additional 5
hours. It took me almost 2 days to recover from swollen hands and
stiff muscles but it was worth it. I am really happy with this as it
is by far the largest and I believe the most visually striking mural
work I have completed so far.
STAIRWELL # 1 CROWDS
STAIRWELL # 2 TRAFFIC
This is the main entrance to the building and features a traffic scene made up of cartoon cars & buildings
STAIRWELL #3 PEOPLE
Similar to the crowd
scene this stairwell depicts people only this time they are shown
separated as individuals as opposed to the massive hordes.
STAIRWELL #4 BRICKS
The last stairwell features an exposed brick pattern emphasizing the giant tombstone towers themselves. Like the crowds, individuals and traffic, the architecture is a major entity in the mechanics of being admist the city of gears...
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