This is How You Paint a 150 Foot Tall Batman by Irene Gallo
315 Park Avenue South is exactly halfway between my apartment and the Tor offices. For nearly two decades I’ve watched an anonymous group of painters create 150 foot movie poster murals on the side of the building.
I’ve always wondered how they construct the image and what it might look like from up close while it’s being put together. It’s one of the only places where advertising is still painted — it’s an original work and it changes up about once every six weeks. I even joked that one day I would sit outside the building all day and wait for the crew to come out.
Fortunately, I didn’t have to resort to stalking. As luck would have it, I ran into Dan Cohen, one of the principle painters at Art FX Murals, at the Illustration Master Class, who was able to fill me in on the process of how one paints a huge Batman (or a huge anything) on the side of a building.
this is probably the building i walk past to get to class… probably. i know there are multiple locations but yeah. it’s pretty impressive stuff. c:
Yeah this is totally the building I walked past on my way to precollege! I had no idea it wasn’t a POSTER!
I saw this on the way to Anime Expo…it was what we used for diractions you know “Turn left at the gaint Batman”
but wow, I had NO IDEA it was painted that is AMAZING
There are a lot of big ones around Hollywood you see them swap out every month or so. I remember watching them work on this one… I forget what the series is really called, it’s some war thing with two generic tough, brown haired stubbly white guys staring forward. It took them unusually long to paint, though, and they left face of the guy in the back until the very end. So for like a week it was this one tough guy with a blank, armoured, human-shaped form looking out almost comfortingly over his shoulder. The reason I can’t remember the name is because I dubbed it “Ghost Boyfriend” while it was in progress and that’s all I can think of it as now.