Friday, October 27, 2017

Mural Fun in the City...

In 1984, Mural Arts Philadelphia enabled professional artists and young Philadelphians to showcase their artistic talent in a constructive way. To date, the program has produced more than 3,600 murals. One of our personal favorites is a mural that was created in 1998. The Peace Wall in Grays Ferry helped residents find common ground through art. The mural became a symbol of hope and unity.

On September 18th, 2017, our studio artists began painting a 66' x 23' mural on Race Street in Philadelphia thanks to Tackett & Company.

On the first day of painting, we realized that the summer weather occurring in the middle of fall meant scorching sun from 11am-2pm every day for the next 7 days. The heat factor became a major hurdle for us to overcome. When paint begins to heat up it dries at an accelerated rate. If the paint is not applied quickly, it dries and creates a film that won't stick to the wall. It’s important to move very quickly as a team.

Another stumbling block was the ground directly in front of the wall. It was pitched away from the wall for water run-off and we had to incorporate the use of 20-40' ladders in certain areas of the design along with a scissor lift where we could use it.

The finished product was worth all of the trials and tribulations! We are so proud to add to the collection of beautiful murals throughout our city. We look forward to the next one.  A huge thank you to our studio artists who were our painting heroes and to Tackett & Company for a fun opportunity to work together!   

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Remaking History!

What happens when you fuse an iconic piece of American nostalgia with an innovative team of creatives?  Only the most recent addition to Madison Art's long history of artistic accomplishments!

When we were first approached by Shannon Noon of Ewing Cole to replicate the famous Coney Island Parachute Jump Chair for Kitchen 21, operated by Legends Hospitality, we could not wait to take on such a unique challenge. If there's one thing we're passionate about, other than cutting edge art, it's breathing new life into timeless designs.

The original Parachute Jump ride was built for the 1939 New York World's Fair held in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, and later moved to its permanent home at Steeplechase Amusement Park. There, it was in operation until 1964, forever engraving itself in the memories of generations of thrilled riders.

More than 50 years after that last ride, and a few blocks down the boardwalk sits another beloved Coney Island Landmark- the Childs Building.  Originally built as a restaurant in 1923, this historic building sat vacant and decaying for many years until iStar, a developer working with New York City, envisioned restoring this stunning piece of architecture back to its former glory. Part of the restoration effort for this landmark building included a renovation of its interior space back into a restaurant. EwingCole was brought in to help envision a new life for this restaurant.
One of the goals EwingCole had in the design of this space was to give the clients a “WOW” moment; to create a magical Instagram and Facebook opportunity inside the space for the patrons. They also wanted to find a way to make the most of a series of magnificent existing arched windows that line the street-side fa├žade of the building, and to take advantage of the one of a kind view perfectly framing the Parachute Jump.
When EwingCole pitched the idea of recreating one of the original Parachute Jump seats to iStar, they loved the idea. EwingCole in turn pitched the idea to us and we were excited for the opportunity and challenge!

You may be wondering what our biggest challenge would be in creating the Parachute Jump chair.  As it turned out, the chair no longer existed! The only documentation we had to go off were black and white photos of enthusiastic riders on the Parachute Jump chair. We decided to dive into multitudes of sketches and discussions about design, engineering, sustainability, durability, and safety, all while capturing the raw essence of the Parachute Jump.  The materials and method of creation had to fit within the time-period and several concepts were tested before submitting final drawings and selections. What happened next was visually inspiring. 

As we created and assembled the chair, we realized if only for a moment, we were weaving ourselves into history. For decades, there was no physical form of a Parachute Jump Chair and we were bringing it back to life! The best part is that this beauty was built by Madison Studio artists, each specializing in either wood, metal or textiles. These three artists joined forces to create this delightfully detailed piece. It was a privilege and educational journey for us. We are beyond grateful to Ewing Cole and Kitchen 21 for the opportunity to be a part of Coney Island’s history!

Even NYC's finest are enjoying the chair!

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

11 Paintings in 40 Seconds...

Madison Art recently had the pleasure of working on a fast-paced project. One of our studio artists painted 11 larger than life portraits of celebrities in just under 3 weeks!

Thank you Balongue Design for the opportunity!

Check out the video below: