The Violet Hour is one of the most beautifully designed bars we have ever been in. It’s just down the street from our studio and features some of the most decadent and classic cocktails and light nibbles in the city. We painted the mural on the facade of the Violet Hour in autumn of 2014.
We took advantage of this opportunity to combine our love for the visual language and the annual Chicago Ideas Week. The concepts were pitched back and forth and we landed on a color theme that complimented CIW’s bold yellow and black brand but also incorporated our graphic recording style.
To create the mural, as you can see from the video above, we collaborated with Means of Production in Chicago to use a CNC router to cut the larger than life letters out of thick plywood. Once the facade was painted a bright yellow (donated by Sherwin Williams) the 3D letters were attached.
We used a combination of pre-sketched and improvized imagery to illustrate the theme of “A Community of Curiosity” - Chicago Idea's theme for this years event. The mural took about 2.5 days to complete.