Botswana is a land of contrasts and striking beauty. It is landlocked and straddles the Tropic of Capricorn in the centre of the Southern African plateau. It is bordered by South Africa in the south and southeast, Zambia and Zimbabwe in the northeast and east, and Namibia in the north and west. The natural beauty of Botswana is found in its land formations, its wilderness, wildlife and its cultural diversity. The land is flat, with gentle undulations and occasional rocky outcrops.
The new Botswana High Commission Chancery building was opened in Canberra on Wednesday 17th June 2009. Construction was undertaken by Kell & Rigby (architectural design by GMB Architects), who contracted Screenmakers to create a number of high quality and colourful photographic wall murals.
A total of five photographic murals were produced and installed to create a visually exciting and appealing atmosphere within the building. Two of the murals had dimensions that extended to over four metres high. Once the designated locations for the murals were identified, the digital artwork (supplied by Kell & Rigby) was cropped and edited to suit.
The murals themselves were made up from multiple segments that were digitally printed onto high tack vinyl . High tack vinyl is especially effective for use on materials such as painted plasterboard, resulting in a strong adhesive bond. Following this, the printed vinyl segments were laminated with sandtex - a hard wearing and damage resistant matt finish.
The resulting installed murals integrate together, instilling a sense of the African continent throughout the impressive High Commission building.