Big City provided a school mural at the entry to the school recently for Hutchinson Middle School in La Mirada, near Los Angeles in southern California. Here’s the final product:
Big City provided a school mascot mural recently for Hutchinson Middle School in La Mirada, near Los Angeles in southern California. The client wanted their mascot, the hawk, hand painted in a very large graphic, or what we call supergraphics, making a very impactful impression. (I speculated that they thought about using it for discipline – they could threaten to feed unruly children to it, but that’s just my odd way of thinking…)
The project started in the shop – after settling on a design, a photo was traced to create the 12 colors that would be used. That electronic file in vector format could then be drawn out on the plotter to create the paper pattern for transferring the design.
Then it was on to the project location. After preparing the wall and the windows the graphic would be painted over, the base coat was painted.
Over the next few days, the tedious task of painting in the little blocks of color proceeded. The work began to develop, and the kids at the school really enjoyed watching the progress.
And finally, it was finished. Here is the result:
This sign painter was asked to transform the sports facility at Serra High School in Gardena, just outside of Los Angeles CA with hand painted signs and other graphics commemorating their sports championships. The place to start this project was the parking lot side of a snack-bar building that faces the parking lot, at the entrance to the football field. Along with that, we provided a unique, permanent display attached to the football scoreboard posts, and a digitally printed mesh banner for the baseball side of things.
Here are the results:
Next, I start laying in colors on the seal mural. White for the letters, grays for the Father Serra illustration, red cut in around it all for the background, blue cut in around the outer letters:
Look, ma! Halfway there:
One of the helpful tricks I use is to print out a scale version of the larger finished work so I’ll know where I’m going. Here is the finished seal with the scale rendering:
Then, the lettering. Here’s a detail of that part of the project:
Here’s the completed wall — that part’s done!
Next, our attention turned to the scoreboard display. This is a location where wind can be an issue and if this display was solid material it could end up blowing off it’s attachments! That’s something nobody wants. We used perforated aluminum for the backing panel, attached to aluminum strips which in turn were bolted to brackets strapped to the posts.
First, the straps on the posts — these are the permanent, stainless steel “Band-It” straps that city agencies use; a big step up in durability from the typical product used by sign shops. They require a special tool to install, but they don’t come loose. Here’s one:
Next step, install the horizontal aluminum strips onto the brackets, and screw on the painted perforated aluminum panels:
The graphics are cut-out Dibond aluminum composite material, pre-coated white. Computer cut vinyl and digitally printed vinyl provide the color. The individual letters and logos were attached with screws and silicon to the mesh aluminum:
And, here’s the finished product — built to last:
One more thing — the digitally printed mesh banner celebrating their baseball championship. Mesh banner windscreen material works well in windy locations for large banners. Here’s the result:
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