Nicaragua Travel


We’ve been wondering about this for years: “Where does all the hotel art come from?”

It must come from wholesale art clearinghouses, which specialize in non-specific, un-obtrusive and inexpensive art. And what about the artists? When an artist creates something worthy of reproduction in the hundreds, it must be like a recording artist getting an album contract. The folks who create hotel art must be making pretty good money. I wonder if they have to wear sunglasses when they go out for dinner?

And what about the buyers? Someone with a designer background must be responsible for procuring hotel art. It must be quite challenging to find just the right images to dress the walls of say, 500 rooms. It seems to me you would go looking for art you liked in the appropriate color schemes and then order 500 sets.

My point is (and there is no easy way to say this) given that paid professionals put a fair amount of thought into what should go on hotel walls, why is so much of it bad?

We have seen a fair amount of hotel art and the majority of it fell into the range between “forgettable” and “downright disturbing”. It surprises us that something that requires so much planning and forethought turns out the way it does so often. What am I missing, here?

By Camille Armantrout

Camille lives with her soul mate Bob in the back woods of central North Carolina where she hikes, gardens, cooks, and writes.

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