Now the Best of Our Nest Can Be Seen on Your Screen


These eyes have been getting a lot of attention. This January, after years of packing owls into a small space in Railtown, we at HootSuite finally were able to spread our wings in our new office in Mount Pleasant. You may have seen it in the media; one detail we owls found exciting about the move was the opportunity to have some amazing new art on our new barren, white walls.

Throughout our new nest, there are (on my count) fourteen meeting room doors which have had images installed on them, as well as four large mural installations (check bottom of this post for mural desktop, iPad, and smartphone wallpaper downloads). Seeing all the new space was especially eye-opening to Sandy Pell (our Public Relations and Communications Manager) and her husband Steve (our Visual Designer). Together, they have shared their ideas and progress with us, step-by-step. First things first, lets get a lay of the land…

A plain, white walled conference room at HootSuite headquarters. Sandy and Steve saw the opportunity for this room to be much more. First step: coming up with a theme.

How do you come up with the perfect theme for a completely empty room? Sandy and Steve looked at what/who HootSuite is as a company and as a culture. They were looking for  “the perfect balance of intense singular passion, fear, excitement, unknown, and intensity.”  Here is Sandy and Steve’s story of how this beautiful mural came to life.

“It’s not everyday when we can say we’ve just experienced a moment of clarity; those moments which both stick to your soul and help form your future. Back in 2010, when my husband Steve urged me to make the life-changing decision to move our entire lives to Vancouver from Toronto – something different happened than anything we had ever experienced together before.

Step two of creating a beautiful mural: making an accurate scaled sketch. This is extremely important if you are going to enlarge your drawing onto a larger canvas or wall. Here is Sandy working on sketches (looks like quite a lot of work).

One day – a day no different than any other – we made our way into the interior trails of the city’s downtown Vancouver greenspace, Stanley Park. Little did we know that nature was able to treat us to one of those awe-inspiring moments; one would leave an incredibly lasting impression on both of us.

We were walking through the forest, completely emerged in conversations with each other, out of nowhere he appeared…

Step three? Put it on the wall, and get ready for hours of painting. Steve working on transferring the original sketch.

Preached fearlessly on a branch not more than five feet away from our faces, sat a full-sized, male, Great-Horned owl staring at us motionless. It’s graceful beauty captivated our imaginations and sent us soaring into a state of wonderment for minutes – until eventually he took off in flight, never to be seen by us again.

What stuck with us however were those owl’s piercing golden eyes; eyes which reflected  Vancouver’s surreal light seeping from the age-old tree branches above us.”

Image credit to GWilli. Check out more of his wiggly goodness here.

Obviously the Pell’s inspiration carried into their work, which has been immortalized on our office walls, and now in digital form. Since we at HootSuite are so proud of these beautiful new murals, we want to share them with people around the world.  We’ve created new desktop, iPad and smartphone mural wallpapers, all of which are now available on the media page: Worried about sizing? Have no fear, the mural wallpapers come in all kinds of sizes: muraldesktop

Desktop: 1920×1080 / 1680×1050 / 1280×800

iPad: 1024×768 / 768×1024 

iPhone 5: 1136×640 / 640×1136 

iPhone 4: 640×960 / 960×640 

Android: 640×960 / 480×800 / 480×640.

We’ll be adding even more wallpapers to our media page, so make sure to keep checking back for updates!

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A huge THANK YOU to Sandy and Steve Pell. Without their talent, passion and heart, our offices would have never been transformed into such a creative space; one that sparks inspiration for all.

Keep an eye on our blog to see more featured artists, news, updates, tips and more.