Built in 1941, the Illini Union is the student union of the University of Illinois and is the central heartbeat of campus. Students often make their first visit to the Union during summer orientation and spend their years napping and studying in its many lounges.
The first-floor wall mural was designed to reflect the different parts of the University of Illinois experience and appeal to both current students and visiting families. As an added design challenge, the artwork had to seamlessly incorporate preexisting light boxes from a neighboring food vendor. A grid system was designed to solve these challenges. A wider array of colors, aside from the traditional U of I orange and blue, was used to add dimension to the illustrations.
The lower level wall mural is positioned at the entrance of the food court of the Union and was designed as a companion piece to the first-floor mural. This mural references Illinois’ history of agriculture and farming. For some whimsy, I added a pattern of Illinois related icons to create the orange wallpaper.