Whole Foods Mural

Submitted by Peter Engelsmann

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Client: Mills Properties

Location: St. Louis, MO, United States

Completion date: 2016

Project Team

Artist

Peter Engelsmann

Developer

Bruce Mills

Mills Properties

Overview

A 40′ x 12′ mural created for the parking garage entrance of the Whole Foods Market, located in the Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis, MO. Colorful fruits, vegetables and other foods intertwined with notable landmarks of mid-town St. Louis. Hand-painted in acrylic on wood and cinderblock walls.

Goals

Commissioned to enhance the lower level elevator entrance of the Whole Foods Market, the goal was to create an inviting art piece that celebrated the local community and highlighted the connection between the market and the neighborhood.

Process

After the initial consultation, I did research on notable local landmarks and began experimenting with the design, juxtaposing food shapes and architectural elements. I wanted the piece to contain elements of realism and abstraction. After the walls were prepared, I transferred the design to the surface and then began the process of hand painting the mural in acrylics. It was a very warm summer in St. Louis, exceeding 100 degrees at times in the garage.

Additional Information

The mural was one of two murals designed for the Whole Foods Market project. The other mural design remains unproduced. The other design, of corresponding style, depicts landmarks of downtown St. Louis, alongside an entirely different selection of foods.