This design was painted on some bulletproof steel shutters protecting the windows of of a community centre in Gosport. They certainly protected the building but were a terrible eyesore for the residents. First Wessex commissioned me to cover them with artwork. I took a two-fold approach. The outside of the shutters are covered with laser-cut metal shapes bolted on to the steel. This is to give them a robustness and damage resistance that paint wouldn’t stand up to. With time the brass will mellow from gold to a patinated brown, and contrast more with the silver of the shutter material.
When the shutters are open, there will always be someone around the centre to supervise, and consequently less likelihood of damage, so I was able to paint gold and blue ‘Open’ signs which can be seen from a fair distance and indicate to the residents that there is something going on.