Office murals are not just fun to look at, they’re a smart business idea, great for company morale, and set you apart from competitors. Plus, with just a small amount of maintenance they’ll look amazing for years to come!
Workplace murals are great for boosting productivity, creating a positive workplace culture, and encouraging creative problem solving. They can also launch you ahead on social media and help you to solidify your brand and messaging in the office. This article outlines 4 examples of office murals across Chicago that are sure to inspire you and help you envision a workplace mural of your own.
In case you’re worried that office murals are simply a fad, check out these amazing murals from almost a century ago! The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was a New Deal-era program that paid artists to create murals and other public works of art across the country. In Chicago, we’re lucky to have several well-preserved examples of these murals in our post offices.
Many of these murals include historical narratives, patriotic motifs, and symbolism about the country uniting to make it through a tough time. At the Lakeview Post Office Branch, murals include scenes of industry and innovation, placed in front of the glittering Chicago skyline. Others, like the tile murals at the Uptown Post Office Branch, include important Chicago figures like Louis Sullivan and Carl Sandberg.
These murals have inspired, educated, and motivated thousands of customers and employees over their many years hanging in the city’s post offices. Although the nature of the challenges we face is different than it was in the Great Depression, the messages imparted by these works of art are timeless.
Leo Burnett is an international advertising agency, based right here in Chicago! They’re offices are located downtown, in a 50-story postmodern building. Mural artist Blažo, who grew up in the former Yugoslavia, has contributed no less than 3 funky workplace murals to the suite of offices. His style is weird, graphic, and colorful, populated with tons of strange little creatures.
However, the first mural one sees at the Leo Burnett offices is the lobby mural. Familiar landmarks like the Willis Tower, the Ferris Wheel, the Art Institute Lions, and many others, are in the process of being painted bright colors by Blažo’s signature characters. Some of the creatures are decked out in Bulls or Cubs gear, and others are bundled up for the harsh Chicago winter. The lobby mural symbolizes the wild, visionary creativity that Leo Burnett has been cooking up in Chicago for over 85 years.
It’s the first thing a potential client, new employee, or partner sees when they enter the LB offices, and it is sure to leave an impression!
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