Can murals and paintings inside a Walmart be a Pokèstop?
JnlWaller-PGO Posts: 2 ✭✭
I’m new to creating and reviewing Pokéstops, and I know that places like Walmart can not be a pokèstop but what about a mural inside of Walmart. Can a painting of a famous and historical figure like Sam Walton be a Pokèstop? Just curious on why other abundant and popular stores can have Pokèstops but a mural inside Walmart can’t.
What other abundant and popular stores are you on about out of curiosity?
Murals and art inside buildings can be acceptable, so long as they're unique and permanent displays. It can be difficult to get indoor wayspots approved. A good supporting image and a photosphere at the location can help with this, but some reviewers will always be wary of indoor nominations, especially those at generic businesses. So assuming that it is a unique and permanent mural, which should make it acceptable, you may still struggle with the submission anyway.
You're always welcome to post in Nomination Improvement with pictures of your submission and what you plan on putting as the text for it, even if you've yet to make the submission. You could get some pointers to help you fine tune the nomination for when you eventually do submit it.
I can guarantee you that a poster of Sam Walton is mass produced, and there's a copy in each of the 10,000 WalMarts.
You could ask the WalMart manager about the art - if it's one-of-a-kind, and permanent, or what.
If you have something hand-made and unique to your location, maybe you can find a newspaper interview with the artist, to put in your Supporting Information for reviewers to see.
But I think you'll find that they're all prints, and they change every couple years or less (temporary).
I've seen many murals inside chain stores be approved as Wayspots. My city has one at Kroger, a large grocery chain, another inside a Lowe's home improvement store, and another at a Dairy Queen. All three are one-of-a-kind, custom painted by mural artists, and reflect a local theme. The one in my Kroger store, for example, is a mural of a street scene from our little downtown area. The one at Dairy Queen shows our local college football team's mascot. All are unique and are located in large, open, public areas of the stores. If you have found a quality mural like this inside a Walmart store, it is likely to be approved. Just be sure to take your supporting photo in a way that shows that the mural is in an open, public space of the store, and think about uploading a photosphere showing the mural to help confirm the mural's location for reviewers.
If, on the other hand, the painting you're describing is a mass-produced print or wall decal that Walmart corporate uses to decorate each and every one of their many stores, then most reviewers will properly reject it as generic marketing material.
Thank you all for replying! The painting of Sam Walton makes sense but would a remembrance wall of names that have workers of Walmart that have passed be acceptable or would that be too sensitive? However, looking back it was most likely the pictures I provided that would make it an ineligible pokèstop. I appreciate the guidance and explanations you all have provided.
For memorials, like memorial benches, they are supposed to only be accepted for notable members of the community. I think you'd have a hard time with just a list of employee names.
I reviewed a mural at a Walmart once. From what I could tell, it genuinely was a mural produced for that store, not a mass produced wall decal, so it got at least once recommendation.