on walls— from "caves" to "technology"
Ancient cave dwellers painted their walls with images of animals and
birds. Sioux Falls muralist, Darla Larsen, has taken the skill of
wall art to a new, high-tech level.
Darla recently was commissioned to do a 30-foot long waterfall painting
for Donegal Pointe, a luxury apartment. Recognizing that painting
on such a grand scale requires lots of moving to view her work, Darla
Larsen has utilized the latest in wireless video signals to broadcast
a visual aid to a television monitor on her double-decker scaffold.
“It’s a real necessity to back-away from my mural painting
often to view the mural from a distance to be sure I’m getting
the desired Trompe’loil effect I am seeking”, the artist
points out. “But when you work from high scaffolding, as I often
do, one is very cautions about stepping back to view one’s progress”,
Darla added with a smile.
To solve her problem, Darla has installed wireless camera across the
room, which then can be viewed on a television or video camera. Not
only does this allow the Muralist to review her latest progress without
additional effort, but she has also downloaded movie clips of her
current painting progress this website. This allows curious onlookers
to check out the latest progress of the most current mural.
current project, Chris Lee (from Rock Garden Landscaping) and Darla
are working together to create faux rocks as well as a real waterfall
to get the desired effects.
Darla Specializes in “Trompe’loil” type of murals,
utilizing both perspective and three-dimensional sculpture to “fool
the eye” of the viewer. Her realistic murals are on exhibit
in Sioux Falls at Craftsman Creek Gallery on 8th Street and at Donegal
Pointe Luxury apartments on West 57th Street.