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Ten Year Mural Anniversary

Ten Year Mural Anniversary

2018 is the ten-year “Birds in a meadow” mural anniversary! It is one of the oldest outdoor murals that I participated in and that still exists. It was created in the summer of 2008 on the territory of a playground of a kindergarten in the center of St.Petersburg. You can read the story of how this mural came to life in my previous blog post “How you can get a mural job if nobody is hiring”> It was created using rope access, without a lift. It was my first ever mural using this type of access, it was both very challenging and fun. The modest appearance of the mural and it’s graphic style look especially good in the winter, that usually lasts more than six months there.   Considering  Saint Petersburg’s harsh climate, with it’s moist, cold and long winters, humid summers ten years is a pretty good age for a mural there! To see more pictures of the mural please visit this page> ___________________________________________________ 2008 / Saint Petersburg, Russia ART BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER! Come join me on this journey I respect your...
Ideas for Interior Wall Decoration in the Designing of Bars and Restaurants

Ideas for Interior Wall Decoration in the Designing of Bars and Restaurants

Back in 2008, I participated in the creation of wall decorations for a bar and restaurant “Pirate Flint” in Saint Petersburg, Russia. It was a very big project for our art studio “33plus1”, it included many wall murals, textured wall panels, faux stone wall decoration, sculptures and window art.  Hand painted wall murals in marine themes were all over the restaurant: Paintings of old passenger ships in a harbour of Holland. Wall decoration with fishing boats at the pier. The Murals were made by me, Yulia Avgustinovich, Michael Buntin and Ludmila Karavai. The process of mural painting. Ceiling mural by Samoilov Den. _________________________________________________ The walls in the main hall were covered with textured wall panels made of plaster, cement block and fake stones. _________________________________________________ Fake sharks, a sculpture of a pirate, reliefs and wall murals created an atmosphere of old-time pirate ship and put visitors in a pirate party mood. Shark sculptures were made by Petuhova Darya. The sculpture of the pirate Flint was created from blocks of cellular lightweight concrete. All other reliefs, faux stones were created from this material too. The architecture and interior design: Artushenko Aleks and Krivozna Andrew. In the creation of the designs and wall decoration participated: Pavel Shugurov, Drevlo Vsevolod, Korablev Sergey, Musyka Sergey, Bogdan, Klimovsky Mihael, Pisarev Aleks and others. To see more pictures of wall murals, sculptures and reliefs visit the project page...
How You Can Get a Mural Job if Nobody is Hiring

How You Can Get a Mural Job if Nobody is Hiring

Back in 2007, in St. Petersburg, when I was still a student of an art academy, me and my friend Pavel Shugurov were dreaming about being muralists, not just on paper at school, but to actually make it our careers. We created many interior decorations and indoor murals, but since the end of the Soviet Union Public Art in the form of outdoor wall murals completely disappeared in Russia. We tried to work with local governments to get a permit for the mural (the appearance of all buildings are controlled by the government in Russia), but nobody was ready to risk their status to allow us to paint a mural on the façade, especially downtown. So to move from a dead point we created a plan: we found a wall, it was facing a kindergarten playground that was perfect. Then we created a competition among artists for the best mural design and invited city government, Dean of the Art Academy to be jurors. So, after they chose the winner there was no way for them to say no to the mural itself. The historical surrounding of this place dictated the quiet colors of the mural design that was chosen. “Birds in a Meadow”– the winner design idea by Kuzminov Stepan. It took us a year to turn into reality our plan and organize everything – but in the end, we received a final letter of permission. We paid for all expenses from our own pockets, it was very important to realize the mural and lack of sponsors didn’t stop us. We completed courses on industrial alpinism and got legal certificates to...
Handmade Lamp Shades for Restaurants

Handmade Lamp Shades for Restaurants

In Saint Petersburg Russia, I participated in the project creating unique handmade lamp shades for restaurants. Some were made completely from scratch and some had a base of old chandeliers and had new covers. The first lamp shades were created for the “Chaliapin” Restaurant.  They were designed by architect, Artem Nikiforov, with the Architectural Group Saint Petersburg, (www.agspb.com), and were dedicated to the Russian opera singer, Feodor Chaliapin. The restaurant’s design was set around interior lighting, the lamps acted as the center piece. The shades have printed photographs on their perimeter and feature historic figures from the beginning of 20th century, the time of Chaliapin’s life.  _________________________________________ The second project was made for the same restaurant owner and designed by architect Artem Nikiforov as well. “Chaliapin. 2” has different style and lamp shades have a more traditional, classic look. Some shades went over classic chandeliers, as they had before. They really added a very cozy and completely new feel to the interior lighting. The metal work for both projects was made by Zaharov Vladimir, “ZanavesKi”, “33 plus 1”. 2008 – 2009. _________________________________________ The Lamp shades for an on boat restaurant  “Ocean” have a more organic style. The shades were made from folded linen fabric and went over classic traditional chandeliers. The mix of the two different styles created a completely new feel to the interior, it became softer and cozy but at the same time, remaining very elegant.       Participants in this project included, Dan Samoilov, Polina Afejchuk, Michael Buntin, Anton Nikiforov and Vladimir Zaharov (metal).  2010 / Saint Petersburg,...
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