Most natives of the Twin Cities are familiar with the Creative Lighting building. It is a bright beacon of a box located off the Snelling exit on 94E in Saint Paul with a painted mural for a facade. In the past the storefront has sported gophers in a homage to the University of Minnesota, but since 2002 it has proudly displayed a mural by Minneapolis based font designer Chank Diesel.
As with all buildings, the Creative Lighting building needs maintenance too, and after eight years it’s time for a fresh coat of paint. We see this as an opportunity to create a great piece of public art and asked our good friend Chank Diesel to make another mural for us. He said yes and we couldn’t be more excited about watching him transform our exterior.
The pressure washing of the exterior of the building started today and Chank will start painting the building with the new mural sometime this week. The painting will probably take about three weeks. We will be documenting the process here on the blog, taking pictures as the new mural comes to life and talking to Chank about his vision for the building. Please comment to us here on the blog or on our Twitter account at @createlighting. Chank Diesel can also be found on Twitter @chankfonts and on his “chankblog“.