Wendy Jung has been a long time client of ours as she is a graphic designer, so we have had an ongoing relationship mostly printing elevator signs and retractable banners. However, Wendy had a larger than life project approach, where she turned to SpeedPro East Bay for some help. The goal of this project was for Highland Hospital to showcase its rich history as they’ve remodeled and made big changes. They wanted to capture the history of the nurses and nursing school that was once there, the gardens and landscape, and the old Spanish architecture. SpeedPro East Bay sat down with Wendy to discuss the possibilities. The original scope of the project began with 2 thirty-foot wall murals with pole banners, acrylic prints, and aluminum prints. The end resulted in being so much more than any of us expected.
One of the posed challenges was taking their very old low-quality images and turning them into large-scale wall murals. We partnered up with a high-quality local scanner that can scan at 24000 dpi and higher. This gave us high-quality usable images that were scaled up 80 times. After nearly 5 months of sample prints and design revisions, here is what we ended up with…
One 31 foot by 9-foot high wall mural using 3M IJ48 PVC free wall vinyl with a matte laminate. These particular wall wraps needed a laminate because they were being installed in a heavy traffic area which connects the emergency room to the rest of the hospital so carts and beds are constantly being pushed through this area leaving it susceptible to bumps and scratches. This wall also included 12 acrylics at various sizes.
The first acrylic was printed reverse on 3M IJ40 clear then laminated with Orafol 3640. Next, we wet applied this graphic to the back of the acrylic so it showed through the face of the acrylic with a nice rich color. The other 11 acrylics on this wall were layered for a nice dimensional look. Using this same process, the base acrylic was printed a green color using 3M IJ40clear and then directly applied to the acrylic to give a soft background color. Then, the images highlighting the architecture were mounted to another set of acrylics and layered onto the green acrylic. Lastly, we applied black adhesive contour cut vinyl to the acrylics to caption what the pictures were of. These acrylics were then installed to the wall using metal standoffs to give it a high-end finish.
The last touch to this particular wall was the artifact case with actual terra cotta from the old building facades.
This wall was very similar to the first one but included a lot more acrylic pieces with a total of 20. The wall mural was 31.5 feet wide by 9 feet high and although it was one large mural, it was essentially split into two pieces to cover more history. The left side of the wall was dedicated to the nurses of the hospital. This concept was one that Wendy was very focused on incorporating but Highland Hospital wasn’t completely sold on this idea. After many months of persuading them that the nurses are such an integral part of the hospital’s history, they decided it made the most sense to include this. This side of the wall also included 7 of these 20 layered acrylic pieces. The second half of the wall focused on the restorative landscapes and how their gardens were thought to be natural healers of the patients. This included the remaining 13 of the 20 layered acrylic pieces.
Jung Design and SpeedPro East Bay were partners throughout this whole process being resources for one another. Though the project moved slowly due to client indecision, we stayed in constant contact with each other staying up to date on timing and samples. Our installation team, with some additional help from Owner Ed Owens was able to bring this whole project together in less than 5 hours creating two beautiful Highland Hospital wall murals.