Nando's "Peri-Peri" sauce originates from South Africa, and they were launching the sauce here in Atlanta, Georgia. They called me up to do a mural for the sauce launch that took place over by Atlanta Beltline Bikes for 10 days. In a total of 4 days, with the help from my great team consisting of Alan Chiang & Mac Stewart and a slew of great volunteers we were able to bang out a Peri Peri man in which I call him, "Barry Peri."
First thing I had to do to come up with the concept of the mural was to try the sauce. So some of the folks from Nando's USA and I went over to a catering company to try it out. It was a tasty meal and it got my mind reeling to come up with ideas. The concept of the mural was to create what the sauce felt like, and to collaborate with Nando's designer Nicola Lourens who is based out of South Africa. Nicola and I had a few Skype meetings to discuss the designs and the color schemes etc. She put together some funky Nando's shapes and I came up with the idea to draw a tall man who can show how the sauce made one feel. The wall is about 30 feet tall and in almost this curved dome shape so I felt it would be neat to really play with the size & structure itself to have it fit with the wall. There were also little bikes added to pay homage to the bike shop & the Atlanta Beltline itself. It was a neat experience to collaborate with somebody who was on another part of the world from me.
After several sketches & color options we landed on the concept above. Then I got my team together to start hammering out the big wall.
Over the span of the 4 days of painting, I had three lifts and a great group of volunteers to help me achieve this giant wall. We listened to plenty of funk music and I think we ate at almost every place in Krog Street Market. Thank you Alan, Mac, Ian, Dan, Erin, Tristan, Joshua, Daniel, Joe & Toby for lending helping hands.
All 'n' all we had a very good time painting the peri-peri man. Thank you again to everybody at Nando's & to Carolyn of Ignition Inc. for making this happen. For the Nando's event they even put my Barry-Peri Man on a sauce bottle!!!
P.s. Nando's, please open a restaurant in Atlanta.