Case Studies
The Grand Hotel, Minneapolis, MN

The Challenge

Our client came to us with a unique custom art request for the lobby of the Grand Hotel in Minneapolis, MN. The design concept of the hotel and bar area is a contemporary take on the theme of the Roman Coliseum. The designers juxtaposed luxurious and contemporary finishes and furnishings with unique sculpture and art throughout the hotel that conjures up images of gladiators, wild animals, and the spectacle of the ancient coliseum battles.

Grand Image was asked to commission an artist to create a piece that would become the focal point of the Grand Hotel lobby – a 12’ x 12’ custom art installation made up of several panels which are wrapped around backer board and lit from behind with multi-colored LED lights.


Rendering of The Grand Hotel Lobby

The Solution

After reviewing the design concept, Grand Image proposed artist David Dauncey to complete the commissioned work. Dauncey had previously created a series of paintings that took up various landmark buildings in a contemporary, monochromatic language. Here is the series that we based the art direction on.


Because of the gigantic scale of the full size commission, we asked Dauncey to paint a mini “mock up” painting on paper to show the palette, composition and style. This was a great way to provide an opportunity for the client to review and sign off on the art direction for the piece.

David Dauncey Commission Grand Hotel

After the mock up painting was approved, David Dauncey set to work on this enormous task. He rented a secondary studio space to accommodate the oversize canvas panels and to achieve the distance needed to project an outline onto the canvas to create his initial line drawings. Despite the challenges of working on a painting at this scale, Dauncey worked quickly, and had some progress shots for us to review every 2-3 days.

Dauncey-GrandHotel-1 Dauncey-GrandHotel2


The Result

For this project Grand Image acted as a designer liaison, provided creative direction, and managed custom artwork creation. The final piece was completed and shipped to the job site – installation photos are below:

Grand Hotel Lobby featuring Grand Image artist David Dauncey

Grand Hotel Lobby & Lounge

Grand Hotel Lobby & Staircase


Art Direction, Custom Artwork Creation, Artist Management

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