Hot Springs, Cool Murals
Wall graphics highlight local history.
Tools & Supplies
Seiko ColorPainter M-64s, UltraFlex Wallscapes Wallcovering with matte finish, wallpaper glue
Renovations at the Hot Springs Memorial Field Airport in Hot Springs, Arkansas, prompted the creation of two 8 x 19-foot-wide murals depicting the city’s rich history and popular attractions to arriving and departing passengers. Fastsigns of Hot Springs was tapped to create the wall art promoting the region.
Because the photos needed to be displayed on such a large scale, it took several months for us to find the perfect photos to use that are high quality and resonate with visitors.
–Bill Bracewell, owner, Fastsigns of Hot Springs
Fastsigns of Hot Springs spent several months searching for the perfect images that would lend themselves to such a large format. One mural, created by Fastsigns Hot Springs’ graphic designer Christian Bracewell, features a collage of local attractions – including woodland gardens, a theme park, the Mid-America Science Museum, a race track, and a historic 1906 photo of the famous Arlington Hotel frequented by Al Capone – set against a vintage area map as the background. To get the right shot for the second wall graphic showing the cityscape, Fastsigns Hot Springs Owner Bill Bracewell took photographs from atop the roof of the 14-story Levi Towers building.
The shop used its Seiko ColorPainter M-64s eco-solvent printer to image the graphics onto UltraFlex Wallscapes Wallcovering with a matte finish. Three installers spent between three and four hours adhering each mural with wallpaper glue. “We decided to use the wallcovering material vs. traditional vinyl because it is so much more durable and creates a seamless, vibrant look,” says Bill Bracewell.