Eugen Sandow Mural

Client: Hawkins\Brown

Category: Public Art

United Creatives worked closely with architecture practice Hawkins\Brown to create a large scale wall mural celebrating the life of Eugen Sandow, a bodybuilder and former World's Strongest Man (1889).

As a piece of public art and local area interpretation seated in heritage-led design the artwork will adorn a full ten storeys. Approved for planning early 2018 we are very much looking forward to working with our partners to deliver this ambitious project.


The Father of Modern Bodybuilding

Eugen Sandow was born in 1867 and was a pioneering bodybuilder who is now known as the ‘father of modern bodybuilding’. As bodybuilding’s first superstar, Sandow claimed chocolate as the source of his strength. He built the original chocolate factory that stood on the Nestlé Factory site.

Sandow’s resemblance to the physiques found on classical Greek and Roman sculpture was no accident, as he measured the statues in museums and helped to develop ‘The Grecian Ideal’ as a formula for the perfect physique.


By showcasing Sandow’s image on the gable end of a ten-story building in the heart of the former Nestle site our aim is to bring home and celebrate the unique heritage of Eugen Sandow.

Referencing a wide range of vintage and period inspired graphic design, the mural will be executed using a vector-based approach to illustration paired carefully with the architects drawings of the elevation.

By working closely with the architectural drawing, taking into account the brickwork, mortar courses, windows and floor levels, we have ensured that the artwork will be interpreted as accurately as possible when translated into a 28 metre high mural.