La isla y el mar – Fresco
An illustration by Perezramerstorfer
In 2012, we started our work for Balcón del mar, an apartment complex located on the unique and magical island of Lanzarote (Canary Islands). The three-star apartments were to be transformed into a four-star boutique hotel. In a profound rebranding process, we aimed to build up a unique and poetical identity that could complement the wonderful and powerful new architecture created by the studio PérezSánchez+GP96. The boutique hotel La isla y el mar was born.
At the very beginning of the process, the architect Jose María Pérez Sánchez asked us to create a piece of art for the ceiling of the restaurant. Because of its special location, it should work as a lighthouse, and should reinforce the values of the hotel’s identity. We would work on this artwork, a contemporary interpretation of the classic frescos with a poetical and symbolic character, the next two and a half years. The artwork consists of a 212 m2 retro-illuminated fabric with more than 15 scenes and 140 people representing the main vital experiences of life—creation, love, birth, loneliness, youth, sickness, madness, desire, death, friendship, the passing of time, desperation, fight, self-love, subconscious, consciousness, obscurity, waiting, faith and beauty. The characters are mixed in a pure and minimalistic way with colourful geometrical objects and the local fauna. The intention for the artwork was that it works on different levels, and to create a delicate balance between organic and geometrical elements.
More than 40 people were involved in the entire process, many techniques were used in more than 1,500 hours of work (most of them for digital painting). Among many other artists and artworks, we were inspired by the amazing work of the Beethoven Frieze by Gustav Klimt, the masterpieces of Lucian Freud, the wind chimes of Cesar Manrique, and the series of Sea Poems, which was painted by the Canary artist Néstor de la Torre.
client: la isla y el mar hotel boutique
Photography – artwork
Photography – Restaurant showcase
Jose María Pérez Sánchez