Once again we find ourselves standing in the historic park, the Rose Kennedy Greenway of downtown Boston in front of the 70’ x 76’ foot wall facing Dewey Square. Our team of multi-talented painters was tasked with hand painting a beautiful mural designed by New York-based artist Daniel Gordon called “Summer Still Life with Lobster and Fern”.
After years of creating this special design for this specific site, Daniel’s artwork was ready for our team to paint on the wall. Daniel was very hands-on during this process. He worked directly with the painters so they could understand his technique, craft and concept for this particular piece to ensure we translated what was in his head to the wall accurately. Gordon’s artwork involves fine tuning imagery that he finds online or from photographs he takes himself. He then prints them out on a large scale printer and creates a physical 3-D scene before using a large format camera to photograph this composition. The results. A contemporary twist on still life. There are references in the mural, like the lobster and watermelon, which were incorporated into the artwork as a tribute to the city of Boston, in which the artwork is displayed. In addition to the mural, the park is hosting a larger exhibition of Gordon’s sculptures and canvases, all of which will be up for one year.
Working on a large-scale public art piece like this involves lots of planning. From our production team mixing the colors and delegating sections of the wall to the painters spending long hours translating a 24” inch printed proof to a 70’ foot wall, the entire piece start to finish is a process that keeps our team on their toes until the project is done.
But art pieces like this are some of our favorite types of projects we get asked to do. As artists we are proud to work with fellow artists to create a piece that challenges the eye, brings color to a city and is, most importantly, a tribute to the neighborhood in which it lives. Adding that bit of art culture to a city wall brings pleasure to every job we do.
This entire artwork took our six experienced walldogs approximately 9 days or 99 hours and a whole lot of paint and sunscreen before it was proudly displayed for all to see. Hope you enjoy looking at it as much as we enjoyed painting it.