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Big logo required a human “printer”

July 15, 2011 - Art Smith
People who drove down Fifth Street heading toward Belpre Monday night saw a strange sight — The desktop of my computer projected 30 feet wide on the side of our warehouse at sits a the corner of Fifth and Ann streets.

As part of a painting project to spruce up the building, we wanted to add the logo that we adopted a few years ago.

Using the actual logo that appears in the paper, we used both a high-tech and low-tech approach to transfer it to the building.

Using a laptop computer and a LCD projector, we projected the image around 60 feet from the back of my Honda to the concrete block wall.

Half Marathon coordinator Amy Wallace, her sister Ashley and I then used pencils to trace the letters onto the wall. The darker it got the easier the tracing became. By the time we got done my entire desktop was clearly visible on the wall.

Ashley Wallace has spent most of this week carefully using the tracing to paint the letters. Using a variety of small brushes, she has transformed the computer image into a wall mural.

Now completed, the logo on the block wall is an exact duplication of the nameplate that appears at the top of your newspaper because the origin of both is the exact same computer file. The “printing” method is just wildly different.



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Ashley Wallace put the finishing touches on the large logo.