Public art - illustration of Tennis and Golf
This specific box is at the intersection of North Palm Avenue and Taft Street on the northeast corner.
I had just completed illustrations for several boxes and I had taken most topics in a pretty literal direction depicting wildlife and actual venues etcetera. I wanted to do something a little different. I wanted to illustrate an activity without doing it literally. The concept was rather difficult to communicate and I don't think I conveyed it clearly until the mock-up stage. This technique of rendering something as a literal object is called Trompe-l'oeil which is french for "deceive the eye". It was particularly popular among 17th century Dutch realists.
First I submitted a sketch which was well received. I then went on site and measured the box. I created both a flat, scale, projection drawing of the box and created a 3D model in Sketchup. The model allowed me to see how the sketch would really fit wrapped around the box and the flattened projection was necessary to create final art that wraps seamlessly around the box.
Once I had final artwork I used Sketchup to apply it to my 3D model and see what the final product should look like on the box as well as see how it looks from the position of drivers sitting at different locations at the intersection.
I collaborated closely with the vinyl printer and installer (Color Reflections) to ensure that my vision makes it on to this utility box.
Be sure to look for this artwork at the intersection of North Palm Avenue and Taft Street on the northwest corner.