When my friend Melissa came to visit from Los Angeles last week I took her to lots of restaurants and shops but I also made a point to take her to visit the relatively new mural in the Highlands on the the side of the Wine Market. I love that mural so very much and I knew she would as well because we are typography nerds.
Image courtesy of Bryan Patrick Todd
The designer of the mural Bryan Patrick Todd was generous enough to let me ask him a few questions about the project.
What criteria were you given for designing the mural?
The only criteria given was that the mural had to convey “life in the highlands”. Other than that it was wide open for interpretation.
Was the final design the first concept that came to mind or did you have some competing ideas and this one came out the champ?
I knew from the get-go that I wanted to see big bold typography on the building. And the black brick made for the perfect canvas.
I envisioned white and orange type popping off the brick, and once I decided what it was going to say it was in the bag. The only revision I made after it was submitted was the houses, stacked on the word “independent”. It’s still kinda weird thinking about how quick it came together.
How long did the process take from initial concept to paint drying on the wall?
After I got the green light, it was a matter of when my guy Kirby Stafford (letter painter extraordinaire) could do it. He knocked it out in two days, painting freehand, using only a piece of paper for reference. We were given a month and a half to do it, but wanted to wait towards the end of that period since it would go up so quickly.
What’s your personal favorite thing about the Highlands?
I’ve been in love with the highlands since my first visit there as a young dumbfounded teenager walking into ear x-tacy for the first time. It’s young but it’s old. It’s energetic but relaxed. It literally has something for everyone.
How big is the finished mural? Is this the largest display of your work you’ve experienced?
It’s approximately 40ft wide by 30ft tall! It is undoubtedly the largest piece I’ve ever designed. It seemed almost silly laying it out on paper & computer when I looked at the actual life-size scale of the building. B-I-G!