Gorilla Enclosure At London Zoo

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This month saw the installation of subtle glass window vinyl's across the Gorilla Ensloure at London Zoo (Gorilla Kingdom). The project has been in the pipeline for a number of months with the aim of improving the Gorillas' privacy.

We produced 30+ vertical drops of UV printed optically clear vinyl, trimmed and spliced on site using our in house installation team. We even got a nice thank you card and treats from Kambuka - the largest Gorilla!

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The beginning stages of the project a few months back began with the aim of trying to depict the perfect balance between ink opacity and colour vibrancy to appeal to both visitors and the animals within. The design enables the Gorillas to have a sense of privacy, while still being able to peer and see through the gaps in the artwork when needed. After only a few hours of the vinyl's being up, there was a noticeable improvement in general mood and demeanour.

To see our other outdoor installations, please click here.

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Exhibition Work: 'Waterloo, Wellington & Westminsiter'

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This month, London Display Graphics decided to get all parliamentary and proper. The ‘Waterloo, Wellington & Westminster’ exhibit within the Royal Gallery at the Houses of Parliament now showcases a selection of printed black foamex panels neatly finished with overlaid metallic gold vinyl.

The exhibit itself explores Parliament's connections with the Battle of Waterloo, timely in connection with the event's 200 year anniversary. The exhibit as described by Parliment.uk is listed below:

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"Waterloo, Wellington & Westminster' will explore the connections between Parliament and this key event in European history, which saw the final defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte by a coalition army led by the Duke of Wellington.

MPs and Peers played crucial roles in the battle and its legacy, from fighting on the battlefield to commissioning one of the most important commemorations of the event in the form of Daniel Maclise’s famous painting 'The Meeting of Wellington and Blücher after the Battle of Waterloo' (above)."

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LDG employed a number of new techniques to meet a creatively challenging brief. One stipulation by the client was that no white should be visible along the vertical edges of each panel. They also had large areas of solid colour for the background, which needed to consistent in shade and tone across the entire exhibit. So rather than print the background, our team came up with the idea to mount a pantone-matched grey vinyl to black PVC foamex. UV print was then applied on top in the form of white ink for text and to back imagery and pictures; having them appear exactly as they would have on screen. The last client-drive request was to have the main titles stand out from the rest of the print. It was decided that we use a separately applied gold metallic vinyl to fit the need that also helped to bring in and compliment the gold gilded frames used on the exhibit and all around the gallery.

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The exhibit (now open to the public) runs until the 24th of September of this year, so get there while you can! To see our work in the flesh and explore and engage with the history behind the fascinating Battle of Waterloo and its associations with Parliament, you will need to join a guided tour. For more information please visit the Houses of Parliament’s website here.

http://www.nam.ac.uk/waterloo200/

http://www.parliament.uk/about/art-in-parliament/news/2015/april/waterloo-wellington--westminster-exhibition/



Favela painting by Haas and Hahn

In an age where gizmos, gadgets, trends and entertainment embodies everything temporary - it's refreshing and inspiring to see a societal and environmental design working to change the way we see the world. The Favelas in South America are commonly associated with crime, corruption, death and poverty, often plaguing an otherwise idyllic scenery. Haas and Hahn have worked hard for a number of years to paint and ultimately colour an otherwise forgettable and negatively conceived landscape of the Favelas.

Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn are the driving force behind 'Favela Painting' with inspiring and motivational projects undertaken since 2005. They have not just been restricted to RIo De Janiero as the duo have also taken their work and ideas to the American streets of Philadelphia; engaging young adults and encouraging a more positive environmental space within impoverished areas in Western culture.

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We here at our Display offices have decided to take a leaf out of their book and improve our working environment. A dash of colour scattered around an otherwise mechanically dominated visual setting has done wonders to lighten moods and add a sense of enjoyment to the workplace. We can only imagine what this must do to peoples homes, streets and neighborhoods and for that we salute Haas and Haan and wonder with anticipation and excitement where they will go next - brushes in hand.

For more information please visit their Favela Painting website or watch the inspiring Ted talk below where they detail their thinking and processes spread over a number of years, often raising funds and volunteers single-handedly.