The Fairmont Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada is built on the foundations of a former printing plate factory building. To emulate the rich history of the property we worked closely with the client to create several iterations and mock ups of the final project art. Ultimately, over 1200 replicas matching those manufactured by the old factory were created for this piece.
The piece started with raw-red metal bar stock which was engraved with several different fonts using our CNC router. The plates were cut to size, drilled, immersed in patina by hand and aged to look authentic. Each plate was then arranged on a backer panel over a custom-dyed real leather background with hand forged period appropriate nails. This piece arrived on location in five fully assembled panels with custom rosewood framing. BLDG4 provided detailed handing instructions and the hotel staff was easily able to handle the installation of this beautiful piece behind their reception desk.