Chank paints "Creative Lighting" on the front of the building
It has been a few weeks since painting started on our building and it has never looked better. It has been amazing to watch the daily transformation as artists Chank Diesel and Adam Turman along with a gang of volunteers paint away. Chank himself has been blogging about it himself over at his “chankblog“:
I’m working on FOUR new big murals for the Creative Lighting building in St. Paul, MN near 94 & Snelling. All four are still in progress, but here are some preview pics of the first mural. This one, measuring 15′ tall by 65′ wide, is a collaborative piece with Twin Cities’ poster artist and bicycle evangelist Adam Turman, one of my local art heros. He made the design and painted the lady. I made the Drunk Cowboy font and am still working on painting drop-shadows on that. We had lots of friends come out to help, too. Painting is fun. Thanks y’all!
The big "Hi!" on the building is morphing into "SHINE"
Last Thursday there was a “Painting Open House” of sorts where Chank and volunteers came out and painted even when it was so dark they needed lights to keep on going. They were working on the mural on the south side of the building. Chank is working with designer Anne Ulku on this particular mural. It’s an upcoming story for her collaborative Six Word Story Every Day project. The words they were painting were that evening were appropriate, “Darkness” and “Light”.
The word "Darkness" appears out of the darkness
A very dapper Chank Diesel at work on the mural
Last week we announced that our building was going to be getting a makeover. This week the makeover is well underway. Local font designer Chank Diesel and local artist Adam Turman have been hard at work creating amazing murals on all sides of our building.
Adam Turman added his art to the east side of the building. It encourages visitors to keep going to the main entrance of the building with the text “Keep Riding” and an illustration of a girl riding a bike.
Full view of the Adam Turman mural
Detail of Adam Turman mural
Chank is hard a work on the facade, west side, and south side of the building. The south side faces 94 East and greats commuters with upbeat shades of blue and the simple message, “Hi”.
The west side of the building says "Hi!"
Not only is our building starting to look classy but we think Chank looks really classy while he is painting it. Let’s be honest, most people don’t paint in a tie and fedora. Chank said of his outfit:
‘i find that wearing a tie not only makes me feel more like a “fine artist” but also changes the way I hold the brush. so cool that I actually have a job where I get to work with a ten-foot pole.’