Ah, the life of a traveling mural painter…
Long days, uncertain elements, groupies. Such is the life for New Yorkers Dan Herrington and Charlie Black who laid down four king size Pabst Blue Ribbon beer artworks in Westport – three on Bill Nigro’s Federal Storage warehouse overlooking the Beaumont Club’s new backyard.
The origin of the art?
“It was a contest that Pabst ran and these are three of the winners,” Black says. “They had about 50 winners overall. We’ve been to Boise, Atlanta, Grand Rapids, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Minneapolis.”
How long it takes to scaffold up the side of a building and lay one down?
“Well, let’s see – probably a day for each one,” Black says. “I have an artwork to paint from and we send photos of the finished art to our sales guys who forward it to Pabst or their creative agency.”
*Degree of difficulty: “It’s hard work, physically hard work” Black says. “And you know it’s a skill – it’s a muscle in your brain that tires people out – we work seven days a week, sunup to sundown until we’re done.”