This is How You Paint a 150 Foot Tall Hobbit (And Some Dwarves)

This post originally appeared December 11, 2012 in anticipation of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. With The Desolation of Smaug due out this Friday, we thought you might like to see it again!

For those of you that missed the 150 foot Batman post, I couldn’t resist this redux, now with a 100% more dwarves! 315 Park Avenue South is exactly halfway between my apartment and the Tor offices. For nearly two decades I’ve watched an anonymous group of painters create 150 foot movie poster murals on the side of the building.

I’ve always wondered how they construct the image and what it might look like from up close while it’s being put together. It’s one of the very few places where advertising is still painted—it’s an original work and it changes up about once every six weeksI even joked that one day I would sit outside the building all day and wait for the crew to come out.

[Then they did. With dwarves!]


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