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This is How You Paint a 150 Foot Tall Batman
by Irene Gallo
315 Park Avenue South is exactly halfway between my apartment and the Tor offices. For nearly two decades I’ve watched an anonymous group of painters create 150 foot movie poster murals on the side of the building.
I’ve always wondered how they construct the image and what it might look like from up close while it’s being put together. It’s one of the only places where advertising is still painted — it’s an original work and it changes up about once every six weeks. I even joked that one day I would sit outside the building all day and wait for the crew to come out.
Fortunately, I didn’t have to resort to stalking. As luck would have it, I ran into Dan Cohen, one of the principle painters at Art FX Murals, at the Illustration Master Class, who was able to fill me in on the process of how one paints a huge Batman (or a huge anything) on the side of a building.
It’s a GIANT PAINT BY NUMBERS.
IMAGINE WALKING PAST THAT FUCKER?
OH THAT’S A LOVELY SUI- HOLY MOTHER FUCKING BENEFUCKINGDICT HOLY SWEET DIX IN MY MOUTH
THATS WHAT I WAS THINKING.
I would probably run in to the store. or
hump the window.
JK. I wouldn’t hump. But I would take lots of pictures and go inside.