There’s a huge variance in the way artists quote on mural projects so I’ve created a simple calculator to help give some guides as to price. This isn’t a formal quote, but will give you an ‘ballpark’ figure to budget around for you project.
Office space is expensive, especially metropolitan space. Given the huge investment/cost of space it seems crazy that wall space isn’t utilised to deliver more than just holding up a roof.
When Switched On Group moved to a larger, open planned space, they identified an opportunity to put some blank space to work.Â The area itself sat on a windowless side of the building and could be seen from the foyer entry as well as other parts of the office. The challenge was to create work that directed light into the right area and create a sense of fun that’s complimentary, not jarring like street art and graffiti can be.
The solution was a mural that balances design trends and mass appeal by referencing a classic image loved by several generations, painted using contemporary techniques.
The great thing about having learned my craft through ‘graffiti’ is that I’ve developed a strong work ethic, am comfortable trying new ideas and am not afraid to climb up onto a roof and get the job done, a very underrated skill for a contemporary artist (the downside to missing traditional academic study is talking about my personal work is difficult. I lack the vocabulary to engage in high-brow discussion with the ‘bow-tie’ crowd).
I’ve also had the opportunity to meet and work with some brilliant small business people like Grant and Jayne from Hidden Alley. They are about the friendliest people I’ve met in recent years and this is reflected in the sense of comfort at the bar. It’s just opposite the South Melbourne Markets, do your shopping and stop in for a beer or a coffee.
The Palace Hotel is a traditional style of pub in Melbourne. While there’s a few big screen TV’s to watch sports on, everything else focuses on building a great atmosphere for socialising. It’s also free of pokies (poker machines), that plague of money sucking zombie makers that have turned suburban pubs and clubs into boring soul-less boxes.
Hidden upstairs at the Palace is a beautiful open dining room for private functions, the type where you can easily picture a long wine soaked lunch with super-important people and it is here that there’s a private room. Completed with two humourous murals based on the classic ‘dogs playing poker’ pictures hanging in pubs the world over.
The Palace Hotel in South Melbourne has a secret room upstairs, with two new murals to compliment the space. I’ll post better photos once the mini-renovation project is complete.