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Marriott Hotel, Mobile, AL

Client: Marriott hotel in Mobile, AL
Interior designer: Mike Ste Marie of Ste Marie Designs in St. Paul, MN
Project Details:
The Marriott had two elements that needed to be completed for a revamped lobby area for arriving guests. The Marriott wanted to use site specific images highlighting the Mobile, AL area, telling a story to out of town guests about the city. First, Marriott wanted a piece of artwork for their bold gesture wall that was to be implemented in the Mobile location, as well as many other Marriott hotels in the country.  Marriott also needed a new design element for the reception area to highlight the state flower, the Camellia.

Design Solution:
For the bold gesture wall in the lobby of the the Marriott, Kahler Photo was asked to propose an idea unique to the property and city of Mobile, AL.  The Marriott was presented with a number of preliminary and notable images of the Mobile, AL area that were abstracted, and laid out in a unique pattern to compliment the bold gesture wall in the lobby.

After the project was approved by Marriott Corporate, we proceeded by photographing localized images and printing them on different substrates including vinyl, maple wood, PVC, clear acrylic, brushed aluminum, brushed copper and recycled corrugated board. The panels were then mounted to the wall, over the vinyl mural, with black aluminum stand-off hardware. A total of 19 images were used – including one for the vinyl mural and 18 for the over-laid panels. The total layout is 13’ high x 28’ wide.

The reception area artwork was created highlighting the state flower, the Camellia. The Camellia image was color abstracted from it’s typical magenta hue to a blue, yellow and white abstract of the flower. The completed image is composed of eight separate stretched canvas prints in floater frames. This installation is intended to draw the hotel guests’ focus to the center of the reception area when checking in to the Marriott.

All printing was done by Big Ink in Eagan, MN.
After printing we delivered the pieces and installed the project by Jeremy Stauffer of Nameless Signs of Bloomington installed the vinyl mural. Kahler Photo installed the printed panels.

9 months of planning and prep went into this project from start to completion.

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