Swimming Pool Mural

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That’s it – the amazing and magical moment when an absolutely bare wall turns into a picturesque ocean. An ocean that fills with colourful fish and joyful kids swimming together in harmony.

 

This meeting was not an accident. It comes from the motto of this pool – “swim, float, survive!”. This is such a unique program, where kids from 6 months age are taught to swim and survive in the water and always feel confident to interact with the beautiful ocean world.

It was a huge pleasure for me to implement the spirit of such interaction as a mural of a brand new swim school, which opens in Melbourne this spring. As this is a special survival swimming school, my client desired to deliver the feeling of water safety for both kids and their parents. Thus the main idea of the future mural was to show kids happily floating, swimming and joyfully diving.

 

 

Expanding on this idea, I decided to fill this ocean world with lots of various underwater creatures involved with kids activities.

 

 

The huge area of 55 square meters allocated for this mural allowed me to combine several storylines happening at once. As you climb the stairs children are greeted with a company of funny crabs which accompany you towards a group of starfishes. They’re a bit shocked as a little girl has gracefully dived between a shoal of colourful fish.

 

Here and there you would meet some of the ocean’s inhabitants staring at you suspiciously as though being a little disturbed by the little guests.

 

 

Further along we meet another girl, restfully floating and observing a couple of seagulls flying above. (It took me a handful of courage to paint these 3 meters up above a pool full of water and standing on a narrow 40cm edge!)

 

 

The way all these kids peacefully float, courageously dive and swim – it all reflects the skills my client’s school delivers. In such a way I made this mural to expand my client’s business values ahead of being a simple decoration.

This mural is unique since it comprises large-scale characters alongside smaller detailed storylines.

When you look closer, it draws you in even more to explore the abundant number of colourful and unique sea creatures.

 

 

 

Yet nothing happened like magic. It took a huge effort to bring this dense world of bright creatures to life on such a huge area of bare concrete walls. I began with a gradient background, followed by the large characters and later added small details – a total sum of around 80 hours worth of work.

It was an amazing time for me to create these funny and friendly characters in an array of such bright colours.

 

 

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