So now, the Mural has landed, er, has been installed on our office wall. We don't want to brag, but it is downright gorgeous! At least we think so, what do you think?
One thing we did is to change the land color to a light green, and the tidal flats a darker shade of green (see our last news article for color details). This changed made the mural work well with the existing paint.
Another thing we did was to add a rope border to the mural area. When we received the chart from the printer, we cut around the rope so that it would have the green paint on our wall as the outside edge. When hanging, it added an extra step for our paperhanger to put a little extra paste on the underside of the rope edge, but it attached to the wall nicely.
We even took down the door to the office so that the right-hand side of the mural would always be seen.
And for a final touch, when it came to the door to our closet/storage area, instead of putting an extension of the chart, we printed out the logo from our boat, Esprit de Coeur which is featured in an art deco motif. We trimmed off the white edges and had the paperhanger center it over the doorway.
Every day now, I can turn my chair to the chart and let it whisper to me many stories of the times when I charted sailboats in this wonderful area: a moonless night during the Perseid Meteor Shower while docked off Rosario Resort in Orcas Island. Or the day when porpoises played off our bow, leading us into Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. Digging for clams on Spencer Spit. Spotting killer whales on the west side of San Juan Island.
That's a lot of entertainment and memories from just one mural!
Shouldn't you have a nautical chart mural on your wall? Tell you what, we will crate the mural, and you can enjoy the stories your mural will tell you in the quiet moments of the day.