The hotel chain Radisson and Art Force contacted us about creating a large mural in the lobby of their new hotel, the Radisson Red, in downtown Minneapolis. This 1,200+ square foot mural spans the entire lobby, spans the bar area by wrapping around the overhang, and then returns to the far end of the lobby and extends through the dining area to the windows on the farthest wall of the hotel. It's huge, and cannot be photographed in a single shot. Each of the photos shows a detail area from various sections of the Rad Red crow mural.
The concepts of the mural depicts a murder of crows flying over Interstate 394 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The murder of crows that lands right by the Basilica of Saint Mary and Interstate 394 is something that is distinctive to Minneapolis, but it’s not an obvious icon. You have to be a true local to have experienced it. The brand manager for Radisson specifically requested that we paint the crows because they are something that he loves about the city. We are no stranger to MN iconography, but thanks to some stellar creative collaboration with the client, this project let us look at one of our favorite subjects from a new angle.