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Advances in computer and printing technology make it more affordable and practical to make a big statement on a wall.
Three to five years ago, installing a wall mural in the entranceway to a building or a tenant's reception area would have cost tens of thousands of dollars. This included the cost for a muralist to create the original artwork and seal it to protect it from everyday wear and tear. The same was true for large photographic murals where the images had to be reproduced on expensive C-Print material that was fragile and usually had to be encased in glass to protect it from everyday abuse.
Today, a wall can be covered with a mural, original photography, or a company's logo and products for about the cost of what it would take to cover that same wall with a good commercial wall covering. Custom artwork or photography is printed on commercial wall covering that will not only last a lot longer, but is fire-rated to meet just about any building code.
Designer's choice. The quality of today's digital printing and inks makes the image reproduced on wall covering virtually indistinguishable from the original.The images, in color or black and white, are shot and reproduced digitally and transferred to quality Type II vinyl, commercial wall covering-material identical to that currently used to cover the walls in commercial buildings. As a result, seaming large sheets of photographic paper is no longer a costly headache, requiring specialized installation services. Murals and images printed on vinyl wall covering require no special seaming because, as anyone who has ever installed wallpaper knows, it is made to be seamed.
Nearly any building manager considering the use of textured wall coverings for murals or displays probably already has Type II wall covering somewhere on the walls. The heavy, 20-oz. vinyl wall covering is found in many commercial buildings, designed to serve building environments and their everyday wear and tear for as long as a decade.
Additionally, one of the major benefits of vinyl wall covering is its ability to be removed within minutes without wall damage.
A company or building owner may wish to change the appearance of the interior, or the building tenant may change in that space. In that case, an entire wall of Type II vinyl wall covering with a cloth backing can be removed within one half-hour without any damage to the wall surface.
Digitally printed wall covering also can be used to personalize an office space. An executive may wish to give the space a special feeling with images from sports, the performing arts, or a specific industry. All the designer or architect has to do is find an appropriate high-resolution image that pleases the executive. That image can be reproduced in almost any size on vinyl with all the detail and brilliant colors of an original mural-at a small fraction of the cost.
Steve Hornung, a muralist in Vancouver, British Columbia, and his client, Dr. Phoebe Tsang, also in Vancouver, created a kid-friendly environment for her newly opened pediatric dental office. The artwork makes going to the dentist less scary. Hornung designed the artwork for 10 different themed rooms, from reception room, operating, and recovery rooms, to a 3-D play area in the front waiting room. He scanned the original artwork, transferred the images to Dreamscape vinyl wall covering using a sophisticated digital ink-jet printer, and installed everything in a week.
Summary Murals printed on wall-covering material can occupy spaces as small as an 8 x 10-ft. room or a building entry with ceiling heights of 40 ft. or more. High resolution cameras and developments in scanning and printing now allow giant murals to be produced in any height and length to accommodate a structure. And because of their flexibility and durability, images made from wall covering can be installed into custom-built, recessed wall shapes. The only limitation is the imagination of the designer and the owner's willingness to use new design processes to create a lasting, aesthetic appearance in a structure.