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When you see a modern mural for the 1st time you will be impressed.
These are vibrant, clean, and the perfect canvas for your art project or commercial project. Your reaction may be “wow” if you remember the old painted murals. Murals can mean a lot of different things to different people. To many it means painted walls, bridge supports and other flat services, to others it means sanctioned graffiti. To us it is a vehicle for real artists to express themselves on nice buildings in high profile areas. While we can “paint” the modern way is with a wide format print of a special canvas material
Here is a mural that is inside a Highrise building near Washington DC.
The company’s new headquarters space includes a 25-foot LED display wall on the 20th floor, a three-story interior staircase going from the 19th floor to the rooftop lounge. It is visible from a nearby highway and form around half a mile. It is dramatic and certainly design to be eye-catching. It is also so massive and so far up, that the entire sign was made in the shop and constructed or put together on site.
Wide format printing is a relatively new technology.
Starting in the 1990s Canon and HP released a machine that used a computer to produce an image. Truth be told, by today’s standards, these were crude machines. Over the 20 years plus this technology has improved a lot. Now we can print wide and very wide images from rolls of material. The rolls are 150 feet and can get much longer. The widths are 12 feet and also can get wider.
There are 3 types of inks in common use, Solvent inks, UV inks and Latex inks.
Solvent inks are under EPA pressure, particularly in California because they outgas. Part of this process in the cure – great strides have been made at limiting the outgassing and making the cure faster, UV inks are in common use for rigid direct print substrates. They do not have the durability of many other types of coatings, Latex inks are the last option, these were the weakest of the three 20 years ago, but today they last longer, are approaching the vibrance of solvent inks and are still improving.
Modern murals are like the face of a drub, they fit in the space with the help of an extruded frame.
This frame or channel is what is on the wall. The frame needs to be absolutely flat and coplanar for the mural canvas to lay flat in the space a couple of inches off the wall. This distance can be increased and lighting can be put behind it as well. The murals are durable and last for months or even years, but when their time is up, the frame can be reused for the next mural.
Mural frames are really a system. The system is a special extrusion with pucks that fit into a groove in the extension.
The canvas is leveled and held in place with these pucks places “1/2 in” once the entire canvas is up, the installers go back and pull, tug, stretch, and manipulate the canvas to remove any wrinkles. Once it is as good as we can make it, we drive the pucks into the extrusion and seat them. This tightens the face (like a drum) and creates a perfectly flat piece of art. It is common for minor winkles to still exist, but the sun and a little time, these come out as well. Carlsbad Signs installs these Coast to coast from San Diego to Washington DC
Old murals are hand painted. These required an artist, a lot of time, and damages the wall.
You can still see these on older buildings in downtown areas as they were the choice or advertising in the 1920s through the 1950s. This technique is still used occasionally but is mostly the realm of graffiti artists now. The modern mural is clean, changeable and does not damage the wall surface (with the exception of the frame mount). Better, cleaner, faster and looks “wow”, this type of mural is just superior is all ways.
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Need a dramatic show piece at an entrance or a park mural for the ultimate in modern art? Have a building overlooking a high traffic area and what to make a statement with thousands of people looking at your wall? Call us for your FREE CONSOLTAION today, 760-730-5118
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