A number of murals based on six designs were specifically created to produce wallpaper for Melior Boutique Hotel in the historic city of Valletta. The artists and art works were carefully selected by art historian and University of Malta Senior Lecturer Dr Charlene Vella. After viewing a broad variety of possible art works that would lend themselves for the purpose, the selection fell on four contemporary paintings and two seventeenth-century artworks that are on display at the Mdina Cathedral Museum.
The selected artworks were not simply blown up to create murals. Each of the six artworks was photographed in high resolution by Ramon Portelli and Joe P. Borg. Subsequently, these images were subjected to an artistic digitisation process undertaken by Luke Azzopardi Studio, in which the artworks have been transformed specifically for the creation of these murals. Such proficient manipulation of the composition and colours has reinvented each of the chosen artworks, and these murals create a welcoming and tranquil atmosphere needed in a hotel room while at the same time bringing luxury, art and innovation to each room.
The project which has been a year in the making displays a contemporary take on artistic patronage. Having come to fruition at a time where the cultural sector was struggling due to the pandemic, Melior Boutique Hotel sought to support local artists and a local museum in the process of creating its interiors thereby offering exposure and a source of income to the various creatives involved by obtaining from them the rights to utilise images of paintings and artworks and the original wallpaper designs commissioned thereof. The result is a contemporary hotel that reflects part of the local art and art history, since each art work has an art historical importance, and they all have a connection with the Maltese islands.