My favorite graffiti? are the ones that lead to a well prepared and managed project and I will show you some steps of my latest effort. Above are some instructions for trades drawn on the walls by the contractor for the correct execution of the project.
A large open space in the beginning, with a door going to the secured parkade in the back, no washroom, only a pipe and a hole on the far right corner!
Even if we had drawing plans, using tape and drawing shapes of the correct size were necessary to be absolutely sure there would be space for handicapped people to move around in the washroom, before walls were built.
The space was carefully measured and the drawing plan created two separate areas, one for retail and one for the storage, the office and of course for the new washroom. Ceilings being very high the new walls had to be appropriately sized.
One of my favorite parts, even if challenging, is testing the paint before it goes everywhere. Of course patches of different paint were scattered around to examine the different lights conditions and left there to dry and be examined at different times of the day. This time the challenge was even greater since there was still no washroom installed so not even a drop of water in the space, but I managed to arrive those days with buckets of water in my car to wash brushes between different colors and lots of rags and paper towels. I was testing the colors myself since there were some delays (sounds familiar?) and trades were busy.
Washroom and storage area created by the new walls, plus the necessary stereo-radio that every trade likes to blast!
Preparation before the first coat of paint.
Yards and yards of painter tape…
On the window the necessary Permit forms ready for the approaching inspection.
Ceiling sprayed in charcoal.
Concrete columns were carefully covered to leave them intact, part of the industrial look that the space had, together with high ceilings and pipes, that I wanted to preserve.
Yes, it is me… taking pictures a few months ago at the front window of the new store with its temporary sign. Exciting news: after a few months of decisions making, drawing plans, revising budget, sourcing and testing…Manito store in Vancouver, already open to the public at 1822 West 1st Avenue, at Burrard Street, is about to be ready for a grand opening party!
Photography by Albarosa Simonetti
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