This is the sort of thing that we are given to work from in my studio. The set designer (in this case the ever-delightful Antje Ellermann) does a small painting, and then my painters and I make a gigantic version of this painting. This painting represents a wall of an abandoned warehouse. The color is a little "off" in this picture. My camera interprets the lights in our shop as very pink.
And here is how that wall looks in our studio. Clearly, you can't find a truck large enough to transport fifty foot wide walls, so we build everything in pieces and then assemble it at the theater.
In this photo, a carpenter works on attaching the roof to our little Irish cottage. All of the boards of the roof were painted to look like aged wood. We always are amused when we paint wood to look like wood. (We've actually been doing a fair amount of painting steel to look like steel, this past year.)
Mike is making the walls look dingy and squalid. How does it do that while looking so graceful?
And how many ladders can we reasonably cram into that little space?