[Here is a guest post by Matt Chapman, who painted the new mural on the wall outside the ladies’ change room last Saturday night. Matt is an artist, teacher, and the father of one of the kids on our Youth Competitive team.]
The idea seemed to present itself. The wall was angled and I’m a bouldering enthusiast, so…
I created the drawings on Photoshop, and then printed each one on a transparency for the projector. When I arrived at the gym late Saturday night, Gerald and Gareth were closing up shop. Gerald offered to stay and help out… “That would be great!” He’s tall and manly, which came in handy when trying to balance a 25-pound projector on a flimsy piece of plywood some 8 feet in the air. We were short on scaffolding or a hydraulic scissor lift, so tall ladders on uneven gym mats, rigged with that long piece of plywood had to sub in.
The next step was precarious; a balancing act actually (see picture above); but that’s how one turns small images into large images on a wall. When the cleaners showed up with vacuuming in mind, we needed to defend our territory! Vacuum vibrations (or even walking around the ladders for that matter) is seriously hazardous to the drawing process… We held our breath. A couple of hours later the drawings were finished and we could breathe again. The cleaners went home, and I tried to send poor Gerald home, but he refused. I was glad he stayed; there was still 7 hours of painting to go!
We survived on Mike and Ike candies and fountain water… We took turns snapping photos of the process… And by early Sunday morning Gerald and I were putting the final touches on the new mural at True North! It is a tribute to both bouldering (naturally) and the TN Youth Climbing team.
Thanks John for the blank wall!
(Click on each photo to see it full-screen)