THE 39MT LONG MURAL PROJECT
A few months ago I was invited by one of our professors to paint a wall in another university she teaches at. As I can not refuse to paint a wall I of course said yes with a lot of excitement and this past Friday I headed to Chiayi, a little city south of Taiwan. The task began on Saturday morning where I met all the students who would help me finish the mural in 8hrs. I also had the help of Chinitas Yon who helped me tons to organize everybody, she was an amazing organizer, giving all the students different tasks and making sure they were all occupied, painting, not just hanging!!!
This was the first time I had worked with so many people helping me out so it was a big challenge. The first thing was to sketch all my design into the wall and then tell everybody what color to paint where. It was chaos at the beginning because they had to wait for me to finish the sketch and then I had to give some direction but keep painting at the same time…I don´t usually plan in advance so I just started giving them different colors to put in different places not knowing how it would turn out. Another challenge was the paint, we had to work with one gallon of white paint and four little bottles of color so we could mix with the white but as you all know, if you mix any color with more white then it will give off a very pastel looking color so all the colors weren´t as bright as I usually paint but it turned out to be a very cute combination and I love working with whatever is given to me so we made it work… Also, it was not all my design, every little bird was customized by the students, they put their creativity and love to them and it makes the mural even more interesting because it has a little piece of everyone…At the end, after a long day of working non stop, we finished! and this below is the result… The wall was about 1.50mt by 39mt and it was all painted in one day with the help of 40 students or so from National Chiayi University!
I want to thank Professor Chia Yu Chang for letting me be part of this project and to all the talented students who helped make their university more colorful and fun! I hope I can do more projects like this in the future.
You can see more photos of the process in my fb album.