Massive Tree Wall Mural Honoring 11,300 Employees at ICF Administrative Building

“Art has the power to transform, to illuminate, to educate, inspire and motivate – Harvey Fierstein”

There is no denying the fact that art in any form can serve as a powerful tool of transformation.  It offers opportunities to spur thought, spark conversations, connect and engage a diverse group of people and inspire them to work towards a common objective.  Hence, it is no surprise that art plays a key role in workspaces and offices.  And one of the best ways of incorporating art in offices is through murals.  Fascinating and visually engaging, murals are an ancient form of art which involves painting directly on an external substrate which includes walls and ceilings.  Originating from the Latin word “murus”, murals incorporate a plethora of techniques including encaustic painting, fresco painting, ceramics, inlay work and even fired porcelain enamel.  Murals are a great idea if you are looking to give your workspace a lively, energetic vibe.  They not only give the space an instant makeover but also help spark wonder, encourage creativity and inspire positive action from the employees. 

Exclusive Wall murals from Artistick’s

We at Artistick’s are specialists in creating customized murals for our clients which are both aesthetic as well as unique.  Walls often serve as blank canvases and are a perfect platform for us to execute the vision of our clients.  Arguably one of our most satisfying projects in the recent past was the one we completed for the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai.  A pioneer in the manufacturing of rail coaches, ICF, Chennai is one of the four rake production units of the Indian Railways and has been in existence since 1955.  With over 2000 coaches rolled out this financial year, ICF has been instrumental in conceiving and launching the much-coveted train “Vande Bharath”

We were commissioned to execute the special “Family Tree” mural in the administrative block of ICF, Chennai and our artists worked tirelessly to bring this vision to reality.  Handcrafted in White Metal Antique Finish, the mural is a whopping 8 feet tall and Tree Size W 125″X H 80″ & back side work CNC size W 220″X H 56″ feet wide.  Articulated in the form of a tree with a strong trunk and extensive branches reaching out in all directions, this mural is a symbol of growth, progress and the power of team work.  It took a total of 30 days to complete this masterpiece with close to 15 talented artisans working tirelessly on the project.  Unarguably the best part of the piece is the incorporation of the faces of all 11,300 employees towards the bottom half of the mural.  This has been seamlessly done making it an integral part of the mural.  It is key to note that this is not only an extension of the artwork but a crucial element that acknowledges the invaluable contribution of each employee towards the growth of the organization.  This is also the reason the mural is aptly named “Family Tree”. 

 Mural: a Tool for Fostering a Culture of Empathy and Openness

The mural crafted in muted tones of aureate, honey and blonde, has managed to exude an ambience of positivity and cheer in the workspace.   Needless to mention, it has elevated the aesthetic quotient of the space exponentially considering it was earlier used by the janitor and housekeeping team to store their wares.  The space has now become a selfie hotspot for employees who are joyous to find themselves on the “family tree”.  According to the management, the artwork has definitely ignited a feeling of pride and ownership amongst the employees while reinforcing a spirit of communion and teamwork.  It has been successful in serving as a subtle transformational tool in shunning the conventional controlling culture to encouraging a more open and consultative approach.   An ideal example of art being used to bring about a positive change. 

It has been an extremely exciting and fulfilling project for us, considering that our artwork has been instrumental in bringing a change in the right direction.  While it has definitely beautified the space, the deeper impact it has had on the work culture and environment has given us immense satisfaction.  This has only reinforced our belief that art is versatile and that its power cannot be under estimated. It can be an effective catalyst for inspiring positive change and motivate individuals to put their best foot forward.  Art can surely alter perspectives, facilitate exchanges, promote teamwork allowing people of an organization to imagine better solutions for a brighter tomorrow. 

TOP 3 Metal Wall Sculptures | Wall Murals from Artistick’s

A Historical and Cultural Extravaganza on the Wall

Few wall artefacts or installations create a more powerful statement than the one created by a hand-crafted mural.  Murals are pieces of graphic artwork that involve painting directly on the wall or any other permanent substrate and involve a plethora of techniques.  Some of the common techniques used for murals include fresco, mosaic, graffiti and marouflage.  Murals are an excellent choice for large spaces and serve as perfect showstoppers or conversation starters in any room.  Derived from the Latin word “murus” which translates into wall, murals are a great way to introduce art into any space. 

Statement Murals from Artistick’s

We at Artistick’s have a wide variety of murals suitable for a plethora of commercial and residential spaces.  From simple classic pieces that suit minimalistic design sensibilities to highly intricate art pieces, we have murals to suit multiple décor styles, whether contemporary, ethnic, traditional or modern.  One project that we particularly enjoyed executing was the 20 feet customized mural installed at the DGP office in Chennai.  This 8-foot-wide masterpiece has an eclectic mix of historical, cultural and mythological elements making it an extremely attractive, eye-catching piece.  A labour of love and passion, this one sits proudly against a powder blue wall while lending the entire space a traditional and ethnic vibe. 

Unique Design

The mural made using white metal and mixed media is handcrafted and has distinctive components that are steeped in culture and tradition.  The entire piece has a subtle sheen and this matte finish gives the piece a dimension of subtle sophistication and under stated elegance.  The metallic colours give the piece a rich look and the palette is a winning combination of dull gold, copper, sage, lilac and iceberg blue.  The colours merge beautifully and seamlessly which gives the piece a timeless appeal.  The art work on the mural is divided roughly into three sections with gold dominating the upper portion of the two corners.  The central part and the lower portion of the mural has a medley of the rest of the hues.  This strategic division creates a wonderful play of light making it the cynosure of all eyes.

Reflection of our Rich History and Culture

Elephants, peacocks, kalashams, sages, Nandi (aka the holy bull), dancing apsaras, temple gopurams, bow and arrows, tigers…. the list of motifs depicted is almost endless.  They are all impeccably handcrafted and are a reflection of our fascinating past.  Intricate patterns, ornate carvings and delicate designs add to the overall beauty of the piece.  The motifs are related to the golden era of the Cholas, Cheras and Pandyas who ruled over Tamil Nadu during the Sangam period.  Architectural elements like pillars and the grandeur of temple towers have been showcased and so are the rock sculptures of Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram).  Mythological figures and mythical creatures like water nymphs, fish, horses and powerful emperors are testament of the rich legacy of the past.  References to the 3rd century coupled with valiant scenes of the battle field make it a visually engaging piece.

The near perfect finishing and flawless execution makes this piece a true treasure and an asset from the house of Artistick’s. With incredibly talented artisans working painstakingly on the mural for close to 35 Days, this mural was completed in 4th March 2019 and handed over to the proud owners at DGP, Chennai.

Do take a look if you get a chance to visit the office and let us know what you think! We would love to hear your feedback.

Largest Metal Wall Mural Project

Design Concept “Evolution of the wheel and the resultant technological advancement”

Metal: White metal, Size: Width – 70’ and Height – 40’ 

Designed and created by Artisticks

The mural covers the InfoTech Park building in Chennai.

Let’s take a walk down the Memory Lane as we share memories from our Wall mural project.

We rarely realize that a mere phone call we receive could sometimes make a marked difference in our lives. On a mundane evening, we received a call from the Principal Architect Mr. ShivaShankar of Eskay Designs at Chennai. He is well-known for pushing the limits of the Artisticks’ team and making them work on creative concepts along with its implementation on a large scale. We were then, a moderately broad-based team working for leading architects in India.

An InfoTech park was then being developed on prime property on the outskirts of the city, where once the iconic Standard Motors had its core manufacturing facility. Mr. ShivaShankar, as a Designer, rarely chooses to provide a free hand to agencies he commissions on projects. We are now proud to say that we were one of those few teams under his deployment to be given an independent responsibility to design and execute creative solutions on his pet projects.

We had a twin challenge — identifying the subject and size of the wall mural. Being creative in the concept is miles away from conceiving a creative idea in the context of a huge backgrounder landscape, especially when the size would be in the order of 70’ width by 40’ height. The Metal wall mural would hence cover the entire face of the building. Conspicuous to note here is that more than 50′ space was left empty in front of the prime building, which provides a full view of the entire size of the mural, right from the entrance gate. Therefore, we were faced with a challenge to choose the best in size, subject, and the optimum placement of the mural, and thus it landed our team a big opportunity to display our creative abilities

Our team flung into action. After a series of discussions and brainstorming with the team and the Designer, we shortlisted the concept “Evolution of the wheel and the resultant technological advancement”. The concept acknowledges the legendary automobile entity on whose property the InfoTech Park was then built upon. The design was based on a theme featuring the various stages of evolution of the wheel which catalyzed the development of crank and the subsequent engineering and technological modules. All of these were represented with various two-dimensional images to make a wholesome conceptual design.

Both the Architect and the client were quite impressed with the design. We now had the challenge of executing the sheer size of the mural.

  1. We needed to cover a floor size of 70’x40’ to develop the exact enlargement of the design.
  2. We also had to visualize the actual depth required to achieve the final visual impact that we had imagined. 
  3. We had to assess the structural strength of the building to endure such a huge volume of metal.
  4. Finally, on completion, the next challenge was to transport an entire lot of components to the site
  5. and devise ways and means to fix the complex set of components in the process of installing the mural on site. 
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