We have had the opportunity to create a remarkable and inspiring 280m2 mural installation as part of our longstanding relationship with Blenheim Palace; featuring a stunning amalgamation of art created by 30 budding artists.
Working alongside Creative Gravy, the hugely impressive 12-metre-high building wrap is covering essential repairs being made to the Flagstaff Tower and combines artwork from young artists between eight and 25-years-old from Oxford. The design was created as part of Blenheim’s partnership with local charity Oxfordshire Youth. Visual artist Kate Turnbull was commissioned to lead interactive creative sessions at the Palace and assist the young individuals in bringing their visions of this UNESCO World Heritage Site to life.
Inspired by the Palace, the finished mural combines drawings, digital imagery, and text such as poetry, and our studio team worked hard to ensure that the print reflected the high-impact design across over 280m2 of high tensile material. Printed on our Durst 512R, the mural was stitched together to create the ultimate extraordinary vision, ready for its installation.
The impressive mural took three days to construct – one day to install the wrap and two days to build the framework behind it. Erecting the 12-metre-high banner presented its own specific challenges – least of all the sweltering weather conditions which greeted installers! Additionally, due to there being no boarding on the scaffolding, we had to get creative…with installers using rope access to reach the top of the artwork and ensure a perfect finish.
With the striking installation exploring issues such as slavery, colonialism and gender through various visuals and text, its launch has drawn national attention and the artwork has already featured on BBC television.