Best Murals/Banners of 2012
Church of Scientology Intl.
Inglewood (CA) Church of Scientology
Church officials wanted a mural above the entrance at its community-center entrance – nearby on L.A.’s south side – to pay tribute to the area’s cultural legacy. The 8 x 22-ft. mural was originally designed to be ceramic tile, but was redesigned to reduce cost. The church’s in-house signmakers cut the pattern from ½-in.-thick Chemcast® acrylic sheets on a MultiCam 3000 CNC router. Each section was handpainted with acrylic-latex paint, and, to create a high-gloss finish, the entire mural was covered with Coastal Enterprises’ PB Resin. Grooves between sections were filled with brown grout to complete the design intent.
ShawCraft Sign Co.
Machesney Park, IL
Illinois Lincoln Hwy. Coalition
First opened in 1913, the Lincoln Highway once stretched from NYC to San Francisco; some stretches are still open, whereas others now exist only in memory. Allen and Hueg paid tribute to the Illinois towns the highway traverses – and the hardworking people who helped build the highway – with a series of 10 x 20-ft., handpainted murals. Allen selected the images and composed the design around the supporting story provided by the client for each of the murals. He said up to 36 may be painted and installed in conjunction with the Lincoln Highway’s centennial celebration.
The murals were decorated with artists’ oils and 1Shot® lettering enamels, which were applied with paintbrushes and rollers to 3mm-thick 3A Composites’ Dibond® composite material CNC-routed to shape on a Gerber Sabre machine. All text was cut and roller applied over MACtac MacMask paint mask with rollers. To preserve the histories, they applied Marabu’s ClearShield single-part, catalyzed-acrylic clearcoat. Onsite, the murals were attached to building walls with wafer-head screws.
Traverse City, MI
Western Michigan Univ. (WMU)
WMU, whose teams are known as the Broncos, wanted to create a stampede of school spirit with this mural – the project was named “Epic Unveil” – at a Kalamazoo building near campus. Britten printed the murals (one measures 44 ft. 3 in. x 81 ft. 4.5 in., and the other spans 44 ft. 3 in. x 79 ft. 4.5 in.) on its AdMesh windproof mesh material with its 16-ft.-wide HP Scitex XL Jet superwide-format printer. The panels were joined, and grommets and webbing were created with an industrial sewing machine. For a week, a black curtain concealed the mural prior to its unveiling (the black panels, also produced on the HP Scitex XLJet, spanned 46 ft. 9 in. x 79 ft. 10. 5 in. and 48 ft. 9 in. x 81 ft. 10.5 in.) before a crowd of approximately 200 students and residents.