The centre of the town of Herdecke in Germany is being restructured. The main road is now almost impassable while the process of improving the looks of the old town is under way.
You may wonder what this has to do with art. Just bear with me a minute and you will know.
You can still reach the shops and restaurants but the owners were concerned about losing business. They therefore decided to launch an initiative to tell their customers what it was all about.
A member of the shop´s marketing organisation drew on his skills as a civil engineer to produce drawings of what the changes would look like based on the plans offered by the town council. I was asked to add colour to the drawings (see pictures).
The pictures were enlarged by a local printer and presented on banners which have been attached to the safety barriers. This gives passers-by an idea of how the area would look once the work was finished.
As a next step I was commissioned to paint the ancient buildings of the small town based on some photographs. This posed a real challenge as the paintings had to be produced on a very tight schedule.
It is all done now and the presentation of my works met with a positive response from the shop owners whose buildings I had painted. I created a total of 11 acrylics on top of the two shown on this webpage. At present the originals are on display in a shoe shop.