We recently unveiled our brand new mural, which was illustrated by the London-based, Chinese-born artist and animator Yukai Du.
Illustration credit: Yukai Du, production credit: Wood Street Walls
The large-scale mural, painted by East London arts organisation Wood Street Walls, can be seen by anyone passing by our new studio space at 154–158 Shoreditch High Street in London. Yukai has used a palette of bright colours, including some of the yellows from the building’s original tiles, while the design celebrates collectivism in recognition of our recent transition to becoming employee-owned.
To embody the idea of the flow of positive energy between ustwo’s studio and the local community, Yukai has illustrated figures pouring out of windows and then being drawn back into the building, in a continuous flow. The design also echoes our collaborative approach to tackling the diverse set of problems the team solves on every project.
“Like ustwo, I do a lot of work in digital spaces, so it was lovely that they asked me to create this large-scale outdoor project, especially as it’s in Shoreditch – an area of London that is full of inspiration. I hope it makes the local residents smile and gives the ustwo team a sense of joy every time they see it at the start of their working days.”
We love supporting independent creative talent, including a recently unveiled piece by Jason Naylor at our New York studio. For the Shoreditch mural, we approached Wood Street Walls to curate the production and identify the artist. We instantly fell in love with Yukai’s work.
“ustwo is at a point in time where we have multiple things to celebrate. We love our new studio and it had a gorgeous blank wall waiting to be painted – so it would’ve been wrong not to commission this. Yukai truly embraced our collaborative working style and she understood what we were after at every stage. It was wonderful to see the whole thing come to life from early sketches to the final piece.”
Check out our instagram post for a time-lapse video of the production process.