When We Ruled the World


Client: San Chez Bistro

Location: Grand Rapids, MI, United States

Completion date: 2018

Artwork budget: $4,500

Project Team


Jason Watts

Watts Studios


Drew Schneider

San Chez Bistro


I populated my latest piece, “When we Ruled the World” with youthful characters as a way of looking back, and perhaps gaining my own middle aged mojo back in the process. I have been enamored with the idea of showing various stages of life, with a specific focus of the freedom and rebellious spirit of youth. The kids are all shown in action, playing without a cell phone in sight. Designed as a site specific artwork for the back bar area of San Chez Bistro.


The goal was to create a lively artwork for the back bar location of the restaurant. The scene is populated with youthful characters and the perspective utilizes several focal points to draw the eye to key areas of the scene.