Brighton Murals

Case Study

Jalova Biological Research Station,
Costa Rica, 2010

Detail: jaguar head close-up
Detail: jaguar head close-up

The brief: two tables, approximately 3ft x 10ft, to be decorated with jungle animal themed paintings, in a bright and bold style.

This project was carried out by me with help from a group of volunteers under my guidance.

On a biological research station in a rainforest, the theme could only be indigenous wildlife and I created two designs to reflect the species being studied. On the first table a jaguar surrounded by jungle and coastal imagery; on the second table a strangler fig supporting different species.

Volunteers on the expedition were encouraged to contribute ideas and explore their own artistic abilities.

Logistical issues added to the challenge, as the kitchen area and both tables were in constant use. All artwork was drawn freehand in pencil, then painted with acrylics and finally varnished to give it some protection. These tables continue to be used for three meals a day.

The first table takes shape
Jaguar table: early stages of outlining and painting the background
The first table takes shape
The first table takes shape
The first table takes shape
Strangler fig table: outlining the tree
The first table takes shape
The green turtle in progress
The first table takes shape
The second table is complete.
The first table takes shape
Both tables finished, varnished and ready for use.