InkDwell Maps a Mural for Cornell University Using Casart coverings

We were very happy to help with artist Jane Kim’s latest InkDwell project for Cornell University’s Ornithology Department.

The 70 x 40 foot size mural of the evolution the world’s current birds and only mural to depict all present species. It is going to take 14 months or more on site!

Jane had the smart idea to use Casart removable wallcoverings to create largescale stencils from which she could cut out printed maps and roll on paint onto the walls quickly and then remove the stencils without damage to the walls.

Painted InkDwell maps using Casart Light wallcoverings

Big world, big wall. Using temporary vinyl is the only way to paint in a map of this scale

This was the first step to getting the mural started. Jane and her InkDwell team now have the task of painted at least one bird a day to meet their completion deadline.

Jane Kim founder of InkDwell on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog for Casart coverings

Jane Kim, founder, InkDwell

Jane removing Casart Light map stencil_Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Jane, 40 feet up, removing a stencil in Russia’s polar north, under the Kara Sea

Using maps on Casart Light to paint InkDwell mural for Cornell Univeristy, on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Lead artist Danza Chisholm-Sims (L) led the technical, five-week stenciling process, stretching over nearly 3000 square feet of wall space.

The preparatory process included using Casart temporary wallcoverings, on which maps were printed, as stencils for the mural’s background.

Jane’s team stated, “the stencils have been such a tremendous help.”

Since the maps have been painted, several birds, including this Emperor Penguin have been painted on the wall and the mural is really underway.

Emporer penguin via InkDwell mural for Cornell University on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Antarctica: Our first continent completed! Emperor penguins spend up to four months on the ice, incubating and raising chicks. They huddle for warmth in the dead of winter when temperatures can drop below -70F. The snowy sheathbill eats just about anything–including penguin poop!

InkDwell Birds of New Zealand on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

The birds of New Zealand (past and present) go up!

The Giant Moa is just one of the birds that depicts the giant scale and sheer amount of work involved.

Jane Kim, gian moa, cornell uiniversity bird mural, on slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Jane and the Giant Moa. This bird became extinct some 600 years ago.

More of Jane’s illustrations for the So Simple a Beginning mural can be found on her Facebook page.

Click the this link to find out how to get involved in and receive updates for this fantastic, educational mural and artistic experience.

The video below describes the background behind the project for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Here’s a summary:

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is one of the world’s leading institutes focused on bird study, and it will be celebrating its centennial in November 2015.  The lab has commissioned three artists to commemorate the event, Maya Lin, James Prosek and Jane Kim. Jane’s mural is the final piece to be completed, a 70′ x 40′ mural depicting the 375 million year evolution of birds over 270 species. This will be the only mural in the world depicting all the families of modern birds in one place. Between development and painting, the project will take more than two years.

Jane Kim is a well-known muralist, excelling in the scientific representation of all Earth’s treasures. Go to her InkDwell website for more awe-inspiring projects.

You can read about an earlier Casart collaboration with Jane via this Put a Bird on It post.

Jane, we are wishing you and your team the best as we view the progress. Thank you for using Casart coverings in the artistic process. We are very honored to be a part of this truly informative mural.


Getting Back in the Groove

All things considered, I’m happy to be able to write this post after an intense few weeks before a much-needed vacation and a tough first week back from the beach.

Casart is getting back in the groove, slowly.

Just now seeing my son’s pictures from his honeymoon, which were lovely, made me think this process of getting back into the groove is like jellyfish moving in the water; even with water swirling around, they eventually get to where they be and do so beautifully.

Monterey Aquarium jellyfish

Monterey Aquarium jellyfish

While we get back on track, enjoy these few pics from Monterey, California.

This first one is indicative of the slow build up of work  – started by one person that turns into something magical with collaboration from others.


Man-made cairns, a stone, mine-field worth walking through

Monterey beach with seals in a cluster

Monterey beach with seals in a cluster

Early Labor Day Break

Hope y’all are enjoying the last weeks of summer.

We are on vacation this week and taking an early Labor Day break that extends through the first week in September.

Gearing up for fall…

at_the_beach_sign1 via home stories A 2 Z, via Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

But we are always collecting treasures and ideas for new designs and concepts — stay tuned!

From Beach Fantasy, House Beautiful

From Beach Fantasy, House Beautiful



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