Over the summer, Clayton Homes approached High Res about designing, producing and installing a wall mural for a main thoroughfare in their home office. Almost all visitors and clients that visit the corporate headquarters in Maryville, Tennessee make their way through this hallway at some point during their visit. Clayton recognized the prime visual real estate they had available to them to educate their visitors on how the company has thrived over the years. This month, we put the finishing touches on the project. Read on to see how what began as an almost blank wall became a showpiece for the company.
The wall that the mural was installed on is one of three main hallways encountered when entering the front door of Clayton Homes HQ. It is located directly across from water fountains and bathrooms: a high-traffic area for guests and employees. The design called for an extremely high resolution image for a backdrop to cover the wall from floor to ceiling. At nearly fifty feet long and ten feet high, this was no small undertaking. We purchased a large stock photo from an online library to use.
The rest of the elements involved in the design were all dimensional, meaning that everything else on the wall would in some way stand off of the wall as opposed to being mounted flat to it.
The next step was to mark for and install almost forty aluminum stand-offs for the the seven pieces of acrylic being hung. In the pictures below, you can see our installer using the not-so-patented “drill diaper” system that we use to keep drywall dust from collecting the the floor. Take a sticky note, fold the bottom corners up to form a small well, and stick it to the wall directly below your drilling location. The sticky note will collect almost all of the dust and can be disposed of quickly and easily with no mess on the floor or wall below.
Once the stand-offs were fastened to the wall, it was time to hang the acrylics. The 1/4″ acrylics were given a frosted vinyl back to diffuse the background image on the wall. The timeline and date points are black vinyl installed on the face. We make a habit of rounding the corners of all our acrylic jobs to knock off the sharp edge.
After the acrylics were hung, we used double-sided velcro to attach each of the timeline images above and below the markers. The images and copy were selected by Clayton’s marketing department while the layout was designed by High Resolutions. The final touch was the addition of dimensional lettering made from 3/4″ foamed PVC board. The roof in their logo was custom painted to match their green.
Take a look at the slideshow below to see a visual representation of the installation from start to finish.