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When planning a public art project, the process should include looking into the future to predict what may be needed to protect and maintain it. Such was the foresight of mural artist Roger Dolin and art patron, Jack Tucey when they planned a new monumental mural 16′ x 75′ in the city of Avalon on the Island of Catalina in California. Jack entitled it “The Spirit of Catalina”… Roger entitled it “Independence Day Parade 2016 Avalon, Catalina” lol… The new mural covers the entire exterior wall down to the asphalt of the parking lot and is accessible by the public 24/7. And even though there is not a big problem of graffiti in Avalon, the concern was protection against vandals and also the protection against the weather (the ocean is 1 block away).
It is indeed a masterpiece and those of the neighborhood feel a strong “pride of ownership” which will hopefully be the motivation for controlling the effects of vandalism, which has been the case of another mural on Balboa Island in Newport Beach that is now going on 15 years in an equally accessible location and is still nice and clean and the pride of the neighborhood. See this mention in the article: https://www.fineartconservationlab.com/murals/public-art-murals-graffiti-protection-coating-our-multi-layer-applications-is-put-to-the-test/
The monumental mural in Avalon, Catalina Island (off the coast of Los Angeles, California) is the largest public art in the city and the masterpiece of a lifetime by mural artist, Roger Dolin. Its extraordinary and entertaining because of the colors and actions of the Independence Day Parade – Avalon, Catalina Island with 4 life-sized Clydesdales pulling their Budweiser beer wagon, the performance of the USC Marching Band, local personalities and townsfolk peppered throughout among the plentiful patriotic flags, banners, clowns and blow-up-air-filled-fun-figures and general hoopla! The mural was completed this week… yesterday… Nov. 9th.
Not only was special attention given to the planning and layout of the subject matter by the artist and the patrons, local business-couple Jack and Nora Tucey, but the intention is to have this public art last for generations. For this reason, artist Roger Dolin brought on board as his consultant, Scott M Haskins, Art and Mural Conservator who has decades of experience analyzing and treating murals that fall apart. Dolin’s painting technique involved painting the composition in his studio on 4’ x 8’ sections of polyester fabric with acrylic paint. Then the painted sections were assembled on the mural’s wall, like a puzzle, with an acrylic gel medium and the joins or seams of the edges of the sections were painted out to give the mural a continuous appearance. A final varnish was applied as a protective coating.
Haskins, and his company Fine Art Conservation Laboratories, are renown for their consultation contracts that guide artists and city governments in ways they can protect murals and other public art from vandalism and ensure that they will age better, holding together longer for future generations. Presently some of those entities include the city of Los Angeles, the City of Santa Monica, the City of Indio and the State of Washington. Click here for more info.
This is not Roger Dolin’s and Scott Haskins’ his first rodeo! Both are experienced veterans with hundreds of murals to their credit. Besides the construction of the mural, Haskins has worked with Dolin in the past by helping to apply protective coatings on his murals to protect them against weather related damage, ensure the eventual removal of graffiti easier, safer for the mural and more efficient and more economical.
The mural’s protective coating on this mural is MuralGuard, formulated and analyzed with consultation of the mural conservation profession. Artificial aging tests stressed the coating for over 20 years before they turned the equipment off as they saw no changes in the stability, color/clarity, or appearance of the material. Since that period of testing, the company has continued to make improvements in the product. It is classified as a non-sacrificial protective coating and comes in matt, semi-gloss and glossy. Independence Day Parade, a 16’ x 72’ mural was coated with 4 layers/coatings of the glossy finish in order to transmit the best color, depth of field, best contrast in the composition and the best level of protection.
Scott Haskins in the foreground… Roger is in the scissor lift.
You can call Roger Dolin’s mobile is 818 635 5273
Questions? Scott M. Haskins
805 570 4140 email@example.com
Address of the mural location: 112 Clarissa Ave, Avalon Bay, Catalina Island.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZX_TEI5mvs Anheiserbush video
https://fb.watch/ofRcXDXSdM/ ( local TV)
Here are links to posts from MuralGuard.
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