Supergraphics- residential

Supergraphics- residential

in Rochester, New York

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      As a moonlight project while employed as an inventor at the Kodak Research Laboratories, Steve Hines was commissioned to paint super-graphics in the stairwell and hallway of the home of Ray Kicklighter, Steve’s research lab manager at Kodak.  Red lines curve and fold to follow the walls and ceiling of the stairwell and hallway.  Steve painted the family on the wall of the stairs going up to bed, with Ray guiding the way carrying a chamber-stick candle holder.  The graphics became a focal point in their home and was used in their Christmas cards.

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      After paying a deposit toward an agreed fixed price, half way through the project Ray Kicklighter said  “I think I’ve already paid enough, but what can you do about it?  Your job [at Kodak] means too much to you and you’re not the kind of person to quit in the middle of a project.”  

      Ray was right in that Steve’s Kodak job meant a great deal to him and Steve did not report the incident to management.  Apparently, Ray did not think it through that it would have been his job lost if Steve had reported the situation.  Steve honored his half of the agreement and completed the graphics project.  Ray’s abuse of his position as Steve’s supervisor severely damaged his respect for Ray and undermined their relationship for the remaining time at Kodak until Steve accepted a job offer from Disney.  This is just FYI for those who would not have guessed this could happen, begging the question if Ray’s saving a few hundred dollars was worth the legacy he created.