Recent school mural project – Gabrielino High School

Big City was recently given the task of designing and hand painting school murals at four locations around the campus of Gabrielino High School in San Gabriel, near Los Angeles, in Southern California.

Here is how it went:

First, along with the paper patterns, I usually produce scale printouts at a fairly large size — it’s so much easier to know where things are supposed to go when you’re close to the wall. Sometimes it’s even dangerous to try to step back to see if it looks right!

Then, on to the school. First was this track shed. Here are a couple of progress shots:

Track Shed - progress

Track Shed - progress

Here is the track shed, done:
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Next, the stadium press booth. This was to get painted graphics, then dimensional brushed silver letters installed over the painted portion. The idea was to make a big impression for the school. Here are a couple of progress shots:
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Here is the press booth, completed:
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Press Booth - completed

The next portion was indoors – fortunately, in 110˚ heat. The wrestling gym on the campus got a mural to commemorate the wrestling program at the school. A couple of progress shots – first, I used computer cut paint mask to cut the time painting the detail in the school logo/shield:
Wrestling Wall Graphic - progress

Day 1 completed – it was so hot that power went out to the gym and I had to call it a day:

Wrestling Wall Graphic - progress

Here is the wrestling gym, completed:

Wrestling Wall Graphic - completed

Finally, out on the baseball / softball / soccer fields, an equipment shed that faces the entry of the school. A perfect place for a school pride graphic! Here are a couple of progress shots:
Baseball Shed - progress

Baseball Shed - progress

And here are a couple of photos of the completed project.

Needless to say, everybody loves their newly dressed-up school buildings!

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Progress of a school spirit sign project – Serra High School Gardena CA

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:


The wall facing the parking lot at the entrance to the football field — here’s the before picture — a perfect location for what they wanted to do:
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First, sign painting – the school logo on the rooftop screen wall, and a base coat for the school seal mural:
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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:

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Look, ma! Halfway there:

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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:

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Then, the lettering. Here’s a detail of that part of the project:

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Here’s the completed wall — that part’s done!

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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:

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Next step, install the horizontal aluminum strips onto the brackets, and screw on the painted perforated aluminum panels:

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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:

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And, here’s the finished product — built to last:

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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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Recent work: Mt. San Jacinto College gym MVP rosters updates

Our client has these MVP rosters in their gym that we painted a few years ago. Here’s the kind of work that gets done during Christmas break, when there’s nobody in the gym: two names for each of the two previous years, on each of these 11 sports. Here’s how they look:
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