A few days ago I attended the opening of another portion of the outpatient facility belonging to the health system where I work.  This phase was even larger than the first and I was honored to again have the system purchase my artwork to decorate the facility.  From an artist’s standpoint, I don’t think there is anything quite like walking into a building and seeing 79 of your prints on the wall that you yourself have printed after hours and hours of work to ensure that they communicate your vision.

Particularly alluring were the four images that were blown up to almost 6 feet and printed (these I did not print myself) by a specialty company on some type of polished aluminum.  This was arranged by the hospital’s art consultants and therefore I don’t really know the details of the process.  Interestingly, the company that produced these only wanted the files at 100 pixels/inch, not the usual 240-360 that I typically print on paper with.  Nonetheless, given the dimensions, it still required some significant ‘uprezzing’ of the image files, which I did using OnOne’s Perfect Resize.  It was with a bit of trepidation that I went to look at these, because there was no specific color profile supplied for softproofing, no clear directions as to how the files should be sharpened and, of course, no proof print to see if the sharpness would hold up on the aluminum at that size and resolution.

Well, I am usually a pretty strong critic of my own work, but I have to say that the aluminum prints really looked great and I was quite pleased with them.

The image below is not one that was printed on aluminum, but is one of the prints that hang in the facility that I don’t recall having posted on my blog before.

gerbera Opening


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6 Responses to “Opening”

  1. Mark Says:

    That’s great Howard! I know the feeling about sending files off to be finished up by someone else. Always a bit nerve wrecking when you know how much they can be screwed up. But obviously the hospital was investing in a quality shop. I would be curious about who did them, as the aluminum prints I have had done I have not been thrilled with. Too “metallically” looking. But i have been told By a few that metal prints are all the rage now because of the durability for public areas and the vibrant colors. We’re they mounted from the back or on posts?

  2. Howard Says:

    Thanks Mark. I don’t actually know what company did them because they were outsourced by the gallery that did the consulting for the hospital (matting and framing, how many images and what sizes, where to hang each, and the actual hanging). I am not sure how they are mounted on the walls….no visible means of support! They do have a 2 or 3 inch aluminum frame around each aluminum print.

  3. ken bello Says:

    I share Mark’s curiosity about the printer. I have seen the aluminum prints and they generally look spectacular, though I’m surprised about the low res file requirements. The one have have seen had an adhesive mounting bracket on the backside but it seemed quite secure.

  4. Howard Says:

    Thanks Ken. The resolution surprised me as well. Perhaps it is related to the size of the pigment droplets used/made during the process or the anticipated viewing distance?

  5. the humourist Says:

    Congratulations, Howard! This is a major achievement and something to be proud of. The above image has been shown previously on your blog. I would look at it for quite a while and feel the warmth emanating from it and that would bring a smile to my face. Re the hanging of such large metal prints, they would have special hooks set up at the back of the image so that it sits flush with the wall (I presume that is how they look).

  6. Howard Says:

    Thank you very much! I am really pleased that you had remembered my posting that image even though I hadn’t. You are correct about the large aluminum prints, they do sit flush with the wall.

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