When I first arrived at the Extreme Hotel to work as a part of the Extreme Circus team, I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of aerial training space. I knew I’d be teaching aerial classes like the aerial hoop, silks and hammock and was really looking forward to training myself! Pictures online of the training space made it hard to get a sense of what I’d have to work with. When I got my first tour of the hotel grounds, I was shown the hold skateboard ramp, turned aerial training space. At the time, the main concern was it had no roof! Apparently, the old roof had had trouble sustaining some recent storms, and was no more. Because of this, all the equipment like rigging points, mats and apparatuses, had been put away to save them from the elements.
I was then told the future plans for the space. We were to have a new plastic roof put on to shield us from possible rain, and the almost constant wind that Kite Beach is known for. The wooden ramp itself would stay intact and once protected by a roof, we could add rigging points to the ceiling beams. So I got the run down on the technical side, but couldn’t help but realized the whole thing needed a face lift too! I pitched the idea to repaint the back wall, with some sort of graffiti style quote! It was currently a very faded ‘extreme circus’ logo and instead of repainting it, I wanted the challenge of taking some art of mine, to a larger scale! I first had to choose the quote, and trust me, there are a lot of flying quotes out there! I made sure the one I picked didn’t have any negative words. I wanted the wall to inspire people to try something new and dare to do it even if they weren’t perfect at it the first time!
I drew out the quote as a sketch and when I felt confident enough to give it a go, I used some grey paint to lightly trace out the letters. Stepping back helped me figure out what needed to be bigger or smaller or farther away or closer together. I started letter by letter, stepping back constantly to see if anything need to be altered. I used white paint as a eraser and continued to thicken the letters where need be. Some spots were a bit more tricky to get than others. Climbing a curved skate board ramp and not sliding down it, is slightly challenging!
But, I got it done! Just in time for our first ever High Flying Aerial Retreat to come to Extreme Hotel and Extreme Circus! The photos taken of them training in front of this wall, made all the work worth it. The quote hopefully added some inspiration into their retreat also!
The wall itself is not finished though! The words are just the beginning. I won’t give away exactly what else will be added because then there would be no surprise when it’s finished! But the rest will suit Extreme Hotel perfectly. Graffiti with strong lines, bright colours, a beach feel but different. In the end, I think this wall means a lot to me, as this quote inspires me to continue flying high and strong, not just in aerials or trapeze, but in life, and to be %100 me at all times. I’ll continue on this crazy journey to discover what’s next and know that although I sometimes fly alone, I always fly free!