Category Archives: Murals

True North, an art installation project for BCAA’s headquarters in Burnaby, B.C.

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Installed by our good friends at Willow & Stump.

True North was an art project that has been in the making for several months last year just this week all three art pieces have finally been installed as a permanent feature at the BCAA headquarters in Burnaby, British Columbia.

Installed by the front lobby of BCAA’s headquarters.

This project was the culmination of many months of collaborative ideation between our studio and the bright minds at BCAA’s marketing and brand team. The main focus was to visually tell BCAA’s brand story in a fun and positive way. Through many brainstorm sessions, we landed this visual concept that incorporated these brand pillar concepts: ‘Putting people first’, ‘Protecting our home’, ‘Doing the right thing’, ‘Shaping the future’, and ‘The power of community.’

Here’s a quick timelapse of our live painting sessions in Osoyoos.



We didn’t just want the artwork to be painted on commercial processed wood so we looked to our friend Adam Corneil from Naturally Crafted and Unbuilders for an eco-friendly approach. We ended up sourcing a 100-year-old fir wood from a demolished home in the Shaughnessy neighbourhood (King Edward and 41st area). 

Finalizing the art back in our studio in Vancouver.

We then got our friends at Willow and Stump to process the wood (the wood was in really rough shape when it arrived) and build us, three solid artboards, out of it. After the boards were built we had it couriered (6’ x 4’) to Osoyoos, B.C., where we would paint the approved art live during BCAA’s annual leadership conference which was held at the beautiful Spirit Ridge resort. Over the course of 3-4 days, we painted live on location among the hundreds of BCAA leadership staff that were in attendance. 

Aiken assisting on the live painting session.
Behind the scenes.
Tools of the trade.
Behind the scenes. Shot by Aiken Lao.

It was our first time in Osoyoos so we were in for a real treat. The town is gorgeous, to say the least, and the drive there was just spectacular because of the amazing scenery filled with rolling hills, lakes and mountain ranges.

The vineyard.
Sunset looking out from the resort.
We really lucked out with the weather.
It was an absolute stunner looking around our resort.
One of many cute towns we stopped by to breaks.
Love this hand-painted sign at a local fruit stand on our way back to Vancouver.

An interactive mural for PRACTIVISM X: Igniting Societal Change Through Design.

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Our interactive mural called ‘Pick our brains‘ before the stickers were all peeled off.
Photo by Rick Etkin Productions.
Photo by Rick Etkin Productions.

Last Friday, GDC BC hosted an event called ‘Practivism X‘ that was designed to inspire attendees about the power of design and how it can spark societal change. The event was held at The Reliance Theatre in Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

For the event, we teamed up with Scott Gray from Mitchell Press to come up with a fun interactive mural. Attendees were invited to peel stickers off of the heads of two characters covered in our custom illustrations to reveal the word ‘PRACTICE’ on one mural, and the word ‘ACTIVISM’ on the second mural. Within minutes both murals were completely stripped naked to reveal the words inside the character’s heads and shared on social media.

Photo by Rick Etkin Productions.
Photo by Rick Etkin Productions.
Photo by Rick Etkin Productions.
Photo by Rick Etkin Productions.
Photo by Rick Etkin Productions.
Close up of the mural with all the tabs sticking out.
Photo by Rick Etkin Productions.
Photo by Rick Etkin Productions.
Mural installation photo by Rick Etkin Productions.
Photo by Rick Etkin Productions.
The info plaque. Photo by Rick Etkin Productions.
Early concept sketches of the interactive mural.
A more refined stage of the mural design.
Location inspection and measurements were done by Aiken Lao.
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New Porsche mural to help launch the new Porsche Pop-up store in Richmond and the unveiling of the all-new, all-electric Tayan.

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20′ x 12′ Hand-painted mural.
The 911 Slays The Dragon.
The Porsche Taycan Turbo

We’re excited to attend tonight’s VIP launch party at the brand new Porsche Pop-up designer store in Richmond, B.C. where they will be unveiling the all-new and all-electric Porsche Taycan. The first-ever public appearance in Vancouver. Catering by Mak N Ming. Mural assisted by the one and only, Aiken Lao, our very own studio manager.

Video: Powers Construction Art Installation on Salt Spring Island by Andrew Latreille.

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Soooo stoked that the video is finally out. The ever-talented Andrew Latreille shot this video and edited by Jevan Crittenden.

Art: Chairman Ting, Assisted by Aiken Lao
Video and Timelapse : Andrew Latreill
Video Edit: Jevan Crittenden
House Contractor: Powers Construction

Full Project details: https://chairmanting.com/saltspringislandpowers

GTB Toronto and Montreal HQ Mural installed and embedded with loads of easter eggs.

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GTB’s visual brand manifesto measures 123″ tall by 296″ wide.

This project for GTB Toronto and Montreal was definitely one of our top 5 projects of this year so far. Working closely with the Executive Creative Director, Yasmin Sahni, we created this multi-layered of crazy fun artwork that’s embedded with a ton of easter eggs including subtle nods to great artists like Keith Haring, Alex Colville, Ai Weiwei, Edward Hopper, The Toronto Raptors, and more. This massive illustration can actually be taken apart as each component is its own entity. Here’s one piece extracted for fun. It’s called ‘The Running Building”.

The Running Building. One of hundreds of elements that make up this giant GTB mural.

Here’s a closer look at the mural broken up into two parts.

First half of the mural for a closer look.
Second half of the mural for a closer look.

It was extra nice to be able to work with Frank Turner again, the owner of Clockwork Productions in Toronto. I used to work with Frank way back in the early 2000s when I was an art director working in Toronto. Frank and his team always pull through in spades, so when I knew they were handling the production, I was more than thrilled. Project Management at the studio by Aiken Lao.

Check out more snaps of the mural that we pulled from social.

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Salt Spring Island Diaries. Our art installation in 5 days on this beautiful property.

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A shot of the kitchen area art installation.

This art installation project is hands down one of our most favourite projects of 2019. The weather was perfect and the property we were on was spectacular to the say the least. We were working inside this amazing custom home (glass doors all around that slide open on all sides!) sitting on over 100 acres of land surrounded by tall pines and a little lake out front was straight out of a postcard. When we arrived we were greeted by the workers on site and Andrew Latreille, the talented architectural photographer that Patrick flew out from Vancouver to document our art installation process for the week.

Day 1.

Arriving on the property the first day.

A few snaps of the main house and the gorgeous guest house just 100 metres away sitting in the field of grass surrounded by tall pines and a valley.

Day 1 started late. We didn’t arrive on location until 2pm. Once in the house, I started sketching out both illustrations with a chalk on one hand and the print out of the art on my other hand. The entire sketching process took about 2 hours. While I chalked, Denise, Aiken and Audrey (yes, even our kid came!) went to check in at our AirBnB 15 min. away from the site.

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Black Bean design agency’s mural: An illustrated map of Kelowna.

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Excited to share our latest mural work for Black Bean Creative, a creative design agency based Kelowna. This mural is an illustrated map of Kelowna packed with hidden fun easter eggs. It was so fun working on this guy! Here are a few close ups of this intricate map. Photos by Jon Adrian.
Project management by Aiken Lao.

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