• Kylie Harber

Map Mural of Sydney, Australia

Updated: Dec 2

My client George contacted me in late 2016, having found my hand drawn maps on instagram. He wanted a map of Sydney as the new wallpaper mural for his real estate agency, Boutique Residential. The agency is based in Glebe, so the wallpaper mural needed to feature Glebe and the inner west suburbs of Sydney.

It was my very first mural commission - up until then my artworks ranged from A4 - A1 in size. I originally sold them at Sydney's Paddington Markets, Finders Keepers Barangaroo and Etsy market in Chippendale.

Before and After

George loved my "I left my heart in Sydney" map, with its hand drawn, modern design. I advised him on how best to use the artwork to create impact for his new office. It was being renovated from a medical practice to a real estate office, with a large feature wall opportunity.

Here is an image of the space prior to renovation:

I created this bespoke feature wall through the consideration of scale, composition and colour, converting an A3 artwork to an artwork 2.5m high x 7m wide.

A stunning wallpaper mural requires the original artwork to be divided into a series of individually printed wallpaper panels that when joined together will create the overall map image.

Sydney Wallpaper Mural Panels Ready to Install

This large scale mural features sustainably sourced premium matte wallpaper, locally printed in Sydney, and expertly installed by Katia Miheyeva of Up The Wall Art. Katia did a tremendous job to ensure the mural had seamless joins. It was installed in early 2017.

This custom wallpaper mural brings George joy and attracts smiles from his own clients, every day. It connects people to the community in which they live, work and play.

I left my heart in Sydney Map Wallpaper Mural installed in Glebe featuring Sydney Harbour
Map Mural of Sydney

In George's words:

"Thank you Kylie for making our office look amazing. Our large scale art work is the talk of the building, we are so glad we decided to do this. We highly recommend Kylie and the team if you're after some WOW factor in your office."

Sydney Wallpaper Map Mural in Glebe featuring Sydney Harbour
Map Mural of Sydney

Things to Consider With Map Murals:

Having been approached by many clients since, the hardest part about a map mural is taking a small image and enlarging it to fit a huge wall. The old maps you find in archives are only available at a small size, and formatted as a raster image. Raster images are JPGS predominantly, and the resolution is poor when enlarged, leaving the image grainy and pixelated.

The majority of my artworks (especially my maps) are hand drawn using industry-leading vector based software Adobe Illustrator. A vector image is one that can be enlarged to any size without losing quality - you can scale down the artwork to fit a mobile screen or scale up to fit a billboard! You can rest assured it always stays perfectly crisp and clear.

Looking for a map mural of your own?

I would love to assist you. Please call Kylie on 0421 635 553 or email: hello@tinygiraffe.co and we can arrange a chat to discuss your space and your intentions for the artwork. I look forward to hearing from you.

Brisbane artist Kylie Harber sitting in front of her Sydney mural
Map Mural of Sydney

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