The boutique hotel chain's second Los Angeles location features a giant 40-foot wall facing 6th Avenue, where up-and-coming artists are regularly invited to create site-specific works. It's an ever-changing outdoor exhibition space: each artist's mural has a lifespan of about three months before it's painted over and replaced with a new piece.
Mario's mural at the Standard incorporated trademark elements of his style like muted colours and clean architectural forms. Trees and clouds referenced his love of nature to "create an image that transports feeling."
After producing parts of the mural in his studio in Berkeley and on-site in LA, Mario hand-painted the background. He then attached huge printed cutouts to the wall with super-strength wallpaper paste for a textured and layered effect. "I basically go on auto-pilot when I'm really focused on a project," he says.
"It takes on a life of its own and I never really know where it's going."
Visitors were able to further immerse themselves in the finished mural using the Mario Wagner channel on Snaps!, a free mobile app for iPhone, iPad or Android. The app allowed users to take a photo in front of the mural, then layer on more of Mario's motifs. The entire experience of seeing Mario's work was transformed into what he describes as a "living collage." You can also use the Snaps! app to create your own Mario Wagner-inspired image any time.
"One of the reasons I
make art is to explain
ideas that language
really can't convey."