Digital product studio ustwo has unveiled a brand new mural, which was designed by the London-based, Chinese-born artist and animator Yukai Du.
The large-scale mural, painted by Wood Street Walls and Hatch Art, can be seen by anyone passing by ustwo’s recently opened studio at 154–158 Shoreditch High Street in London.
Yukai du mural
Du 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 ustwo’s recent transition to becoming employee-owned.
To embody the idea of the flow of positive energy between ustwo’s studio and the local community, Du has illustrated figures pouring out of windows and then being drawn back into the building, in a continuous flow.
The design also echoes ustwo’s collaborative approach to tackling the diverse set of problems the team solves on every project.
Ustwo has a long heritage in supporting independent creative talent, including a recently unveiled piece by Jason Naylor at its New York studio.
For the Shoreditch mural, the team approached Wood Street Walls for help finding a local artist and running the production, and instantly fell in love with Du’s work.
Nicki Sprinz, Managing Director of ustwo in Europe, said: “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.”
Yukai Du said: “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.”