Wallcovering Mural Shrinkage

Because of the materials involved and the printing process, occasional problems arise in digital prints that are due to material shrinkage.

How does this happen? – Wallcoverings are fabric backed, but can still stretch under normal conditions (a very small amount).  When heated, as when under an ink jet printer, and pulled taught between rollers, some stretching occurs.  This minimal amount is usually only 0.25% or less.   When cooled, the wallcovering material is usually not pulled taught (as on the take-off of the ink jet printer) and returns to its actual size. –This means that the printed design is now 0.25% smaller than it was intended to be.

0.25% shrinkage, big deal, right?  I’ve had customers deal with high height projects (40′ heights in a casino) that had shrinkage of nearly 1.5″.  This is a BIG deal for if you are matching other architectural components. [Read more…]

Robert Barker’s ‘Panorama’ : A Room with a View

In 1787, the painter Robert Barker opened an exhibition in Edinburgh which was to have a major impact on the nineteenth- and twentieth-century entertainment industries. It featured a panoramic view of the city of Edinburgh painted around the inner wall of a rotunda which, viewed from the center of the room, gave the spectator the illusion of reality.

During the nineteenth century, panoramas and related forms of visual illusionism–dioramas, moving panoramas, peep-shows–became an early form of mass entertainment in European and American cities.


Cross section of Robert Barker’s Panorama, Leicester Square, London, 1789

The panoramic view itself was far from new. Panoramas are at least as old as the Bayeux Tapestry, and artists had been painting bird’s-eye views of cities long before the invention of manned flight made them a reality. What was new was the idea of putting the painting into a circular room and attempting to deceive the eye into believing that it was looking not at a painting, but reality itself. The history of panoramas is closely interwoven with that of photography throughout the nineteenth century, each playing an important part in the other’s development.

Poppy Field Mural

Poppies are excellent items to see in bulk because of their saturated color, and their natural appearance–in bulk!  The image is designed for 14′ tall x 19′ wide.  LateralArt is happy to custom design to your dimensions and specific design needs.  The original  image here has been tiled to produce a much wider width to coincide with our LateralArt theme of ‘wide walls’.  LateralArt tiles images images on a regular basis to create seamless imagery of any width.  Challenge us with your super wide wall!

Adding Depth to a mural

I’ve worked on art projects in the past that have included digitally printed prints cut from and laid over another substrate or hidden image. Those were cool, but I must say, the concept outlined over at LimitedHype.com from burojet.com is really something.



They’ve used digitally printed murals of unique furniture, but have not been scared to cut them to pieces, and overlay them onto moveable doors.

Obviously these are tailored for those with small living spaces, but the concept in relation to division and revelation of new layers is exciting.


At Lateral Art, we’ve had the opportunity to work with custom cutting houses that cut Aluminum Letters, Sintra, and of course digitally printed items out for us.

What about two layers of murals, one cut to pieces with an intricate pattern, revealing the other behind, but 6 to 12 inches away. As the visitor walks from one viewpoint to the next, the back/revealed image keeps changing. Kind of like a massive lenticular.

We’re up to that challenge, we only need that target wall. Do you have a good application?

I Love the bird cages

In the mural business, we often check out what other people are doing.  I found this great bird cage mural in a restaurant.  The simple lines add uniformity and really fill the wide open space, and they also do well to the open rafters/faux rafters up above.

One thing to note – the decorator for this project was thinking ahead in his or her combination of the mural with the well matched chosen lighting.  It’s not a trivial task to line up mural positions with other wall objects.  One has to pay particular attention to HOW the installer deals with the bleed of the mural.

If 6″ of bleed was provided here in the install, but the installer just lined the left hand edge of the mural with the left hand edge of the bleed, the entire mural could be off by 6″ away from any electrical junction boxes.  A critical error.  It’s very important to clarify to an installer HOW to deal with provided bleed, and HOW to deal with other objects.