The Tuscan Villa Project consisted of three murals of varying subject matter, positioning and technical challenges. The client’s property was based on an Italian villa by design, including a loggia and peschiera. In keeping with the property, and taste of the client, we created a series of murals inspired by Italian gardens, landscape and architecture.
The Formal Italian Garden
The Formal Italian Garden mural was inspired by some of Italy’s finest gardens, as exemplified by author Vivian Russell in her book “Edith Wharton’s Italian Gardens.” The aim was to transform a somewhat lifeless area consisting of a peschiera (fish pond) and a facade with lion’s head fountain. Utilising the existing framework on the facade, and lion’s head, we created a trompe l’oeil fountain and formal Italian garden that opened up this area.
The height of the existing pond’s walls was a little low, so this was raised to accommodate the trompe l’oeil pond and overflow.
Inspiration was taken by 17th & 18th century Italian gardens and architecture, including that of English architect Inigo Jones.