Mural Questions

How can my mural be an investment?  There are three significant circumstances in which a mural may be considered an investment.

 1.  Improvement and revitalize neighborhoods or real property. Fine art murals are designed to enhance the architecture of buildings, increasing the property's value. Murals provide a sense of pride for owners, improving quality of life to city residents and some economic benefits.

 2.  Outdoor murals serve as advertising by turning ordinary buildings into landmarks, (as well as) and photo opportunities from visitors to the site.

 3.  Canvas murals may be applied to the wall in such a way that allows the work to be removed and preserved as heirlooms. (Sometimes are sold!)

 Can my mural include pictures of family members? What you put into your mural is limited only by your imagination and budget.

 Do I need a permit for the mural?  You normally only need a building/sign permit from your city, if the mural appears outside. All cities have the right to be involved in the decision of any long term decision that affects the beauty of their city, hence the reason for the permit, among other things.

 What type of things do I need to keep in mind when thinking about placement of a mural?

 Selection of a site - To improve the longevity of a mural. Appropriate possibilities for paintings are concrete and stucco walls – wood, brick, and retaining walls are problematic. Paints may be durable, but environmental conditions and other factors effect mural life. Walls that receive direct sunlight for most of the day – usually show the most deterioration. Those that are protected by their orientation from direct sun by overhanging architecture are a much better chose. Factories and heavy traffic areas- are subjected to more pollutants, causing damage. Some areas should be ruled out due to a larger chance of vandalism. Wall with structural problems – water leaks and earthquake damage, shouldn’t be considered.

Preparation of site- wash wall with power washer or sandblastering equipment. Scrape walls to remove excess dirt and dust. It is recommended to apply – several coats of gesso, wall sealer, mixed varnish or gel - to increase flexibility and consistency. This will prime and seal the wall.

 How do I purchase a mural?  Here's a checklist for your reference:

 --- Identify what you like and want (style, subject, size, location, budget)

 --- Contact artists whose work reflects the skills you feel you need.

 --- Tell the Artist about the mural you have in mind (Again, this includes style, subject, size, location, budget)

 --- Ask to view complete portfolio of past work.

 --- Get quotes & references. (Check the references! This helps you get a sense of the artist's reputation.)

 --- Artist will provide a sketch of a proposed design. (Design drawings - there is a fee for these based on time needed for sketches and amount of changes. i.e. -“a sketch fee.”)

 --- Hire artist to paint the approved design. Contracts usually ask for 50% of total cost of mural before painting begins (depending upon agreement. 50% upon completion.