This summer window has got to be in the top 10 favorite displays I’ve ever made. It’s definitely up there in my favorite window displays. The concept was an abstract interpretation of sand dunes on the beach. I was inspired by the fencing along sand dunes and created this dynamic swoop of fencing using furring strips of lumber, lath, rope, wire, sand and paint. There were holes drilled into each plank of wood at the top and bottom where rope with wire was fed through. This allowed me to bend and sculpt the fencing. I used the wall and architecture of the window space to support the areas where the fencing came out into the space. I loved every minute of the process of this window. It went from sketches, to a small 3D model and finally into execution. I had to keep each varied section of wood labeled individually and even had a sketch that helped me keep track of their placement at install. I also painted the backdrop to vignette the whole display and really make the yellow on the wood pop. It also really makes me want to go to the beach 🏖
I went on to be an artist at Blackpool Illuminations after I graduated with a fine art degree. For fifteen years I was privileged to showcase my artistic skills on a massive scale in the six mile public display. I’ve been reflecting recently on what I learnt during my time there, all these pieces I had great fun painting.
I hand painted several huge Coronation Street stars on double sided roadway features, my favourite to paint was the character Ena Sharples, such a great face with a story or two to tell! Once they’d been out on Blackpool prom they went on to go up outside Granada Studios in Manchester.
Picasso’s iconic painting ‘Guernica’ was free drawn, wrapped around & painted on to a 100 foot Thunderbird rocket. All this whilst dealing with a drunk at the bottom of the cherry picker who wanted to punch me for doing it!
During open days we showcased our skills for visitors, and so I painted the characterful face of Lord of the Rings Gollum!
Designs would be scaled up in fibreglass and painted! Many years later I still enjoy passing a few of my pieces remaining in the current display and remember the fun I had doing them :)
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In this Make It With Menards® video, artist @justusroe highlights how a splash of creativity and a trip to Menards brings his creative vision into focus. Tap the link in our bio to view the full-length video!