I spent the first week of September up in the air! 30 ft up to be exact! I was hired to repaint a weathered Totem Pole in Mt. Pleasant, IA. It was a crazy experience for me, full of literal ups and downs on a boom lift. I was delighted to learn that i’m not particularly afraid of heights, though when it was windy up there it was a little scary. Luckily I was blessed with a few wind free days and lots of family support to put in some long painting hours and get it done.
For materials, I used Chroma Mural Paints which are UV stable. I lightly sanded off old paint (customer did not want me to prime the surface) and coated every inch with bright new color. I then applied a generous coat of Helmsman Outdoor Polyurethene coating. (These are the same materials i’ve used on my Peace Poles and Garden Poles)
Overall, I found the experience exhilarating and empowering. I’m feeling inspired to take on mural work and can’t wait to continue to paint on a large scale more in my community and beyond!
Enjoy this video of the process, as well as some of my favorite images.