The Crazy Climber Mural for the National Videogame Museum
This was an interesting one for sure.
There’s this weird wall or pillar area that shoots up all the way to the ceiling in the National Videogame museum. It was just this weird white spike into the air. Joe Santulli texted me one day and asked if I could add something to this area. His idea came from the game “Crazy Climber.”
I swore I played this game when I was a kid on my Commodore 64 back in the 80’s so I had a basic idea of what he wanted.
This was a very simple design, but the fact that the original game was all in 8 bit sprites meant that the recreation of the game had to also look like the original.
I don’t know if you have ever tried to paint large oversized squares perfectly… it gets a bit tricky. It gets especially tricky when you are standing on the top of an 18 foot ladder and painting at the same time.
This was fun, and while I think it might be one of the most overlooked pieces in the museum; it adds to the nostalgia of the place itself. You can get a better view of the piece from the 80’s bedroom than you can standing next to it.
There is even an Easter Egg in the mural itself. When you go to the museum, look for that skinny tall wall and see if you can figure it out for yourself.
Here are a few pics that I took when I was working on the project. It was actually done in 2 parts. The original design was meant to stand over the displays. Once the displays went in, we realized that they didn’t cover to bottom 5 feet from the floor. I went back in and painted the beginning windows from the ground up to complete the Crazy Climber.