Produced this imposing mural over 4 nights in a new restaurant in Elliott's Field Retail Park in Rugby.
The brief was to convert a serving hatch behind the food counter and to somehow make it appear to look like a New York Food Truck. Considering the size of the wall and the imposing nature of such an area, the challenge was an interesting one, especially since I had to create the illusion of some perspective to allow for the street scene to the left to have any impact.
If the truck and the buildings had been flat to the wall (which would have been the easier option perspective wise), then the painting would have lost its slightly dramatic feel.
Creating some form of perspective illusion also allowed me to incorporate the angle to the left in the actual wall, and to make the corner of the buildings with the pavement. Road crossing markings also help to make a feeling of space and to lead the eye in.
The finished painting is quite dramatic in that it is pretty much lifesize… so the visitor to this restaurant ends up looking up at this van with the scene, perhaps simplistically wanting to step into the picture.
All of these pictorial devices, although simple, would hopefully just be noticed in passing by the visitor and do the job of altering a flat wall!
Review of the restaurant Midtown Eats in local newspaper in Rugby
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