I recently had the opportunity to paint a mural for the Steel City Coffee House in Phoenixville, PA. This is a unique little space that had some interesting architectural elements, but lacked visual appeal. I designed the mural to have 4 different sections.
The Old Brick Section
In the old original brick section I wanted to keep the integrity of the brick and not hide that original element with the mural. So I painted in some historic imagery in a very washy style. It had almost ghostly appearance and the little lamps that sit on the bar in from of it, work with the mural to make it feel like old lamp posts.
Under The Angled Wall
The angled wall serves to bridge the old brick mural with the current day landscape mural on the outside wall. I created a word art mural here to call out historic and important places in the area. It added a fun graphic element to the space, without taking away from the historic and current day murals.
Paying Tribute to The Customers
Any of the customers that come into Steel City, ride their bikes in or come in from doing outdoor activities. It is a community hub. I wanted the current day part of the mural to pay tribute to the activities in the area that bring people together to meet up at Steel City. From kayaking to biking, there are a lot of outdoor activities customers enjoy bother before and after a visit to the coffeehouse. Up on the hill is the famous Phonenixville Firebird being constructed. The Firebird Festival is a unique event that brings this community together and the founder of this event, is know to frequent Steel City. Since coffee is most often enjoyed in the morning, I decided to create a vibrant sunrise, rather than a traditional blue sky.
The final addition to the mural was the graphic streetlight above the merchandise wall. This idea came from the need to balance the strong angle of the main mural wall. Since the new mural now became the focal area, I wanted to make sure it didn't take away from the need to call attention to the merchandise.
Ellie McIntosh, grew up as a creative thinker. Inspired by her father, a furniture designer an inventor and musician, she took the path to creativity. Her artistic journey has taken her as far as France, Switzerland, Monaco, Italy, Spain, Germany, Morocco, and many places throughout the United States and Mexico, where she utilized various