"This isn't a watercolor, it's a mural." - Erich Segal

The banner mural of ships and fishing supplies decorates the fence of a parking lot just off Marine Drive in White Rock B.C.
(Artist unknown)

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Monday, December 06, 2010

Harrison scenics

I captured these three small murals when visiting Harrison Hot Springs this summer. They are all painted by Ken Skoda.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Treasure map?

I'm not sure what this last Granville Bridge mural signifies. All the red x's remind me of a treasure map (perhaps signifying all the favourite eateries in the Vancouver 'burbs'?). I love the pink skyscrapers.

I photographed it in three sections and was able to make a fairly decent stitch.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Light-filled prehistoric

Back to the Granville Bridge collection, here is another mural found on the underside of that bridge in Vancouver. I am struck by the purity of the turquoise and how it lights up the dingy setting. (As always, clicking on the photo will enlarge.)

Monday, November 08, 2010

Meaning-loaded tree

t's high time for an update here at the mural blog. Though this summer wasn't as rich in mural sightings as some have been, I do have some new murals and other art languishing in my photo collections. So here goes with a new start and (hopefully) a weekly update.

I'm going to begin with a wall hanging, photographed in Cedar Park MB Church in Ladner, B.C. a year ago yesterday (November 7, 2009). We were there to attend a concert and I was struck by the hanging and its interpretation (which is barely legible even when you click on it to enlarge - so I have included it below).

(Click on image to enlarge to biggest size and appreciate the details)

The making and meaning behind the "Tree Visual"

Nurturing a vibrant relationship with Christ

"After praying for inspiration and blessing, the first element applied to the blank canvas was the rich soil. Pages of an old King James Bible, glued with dirt, and given a wash of brown and copper acrylic paint, established the foundation; literally rooting the tree in God's word. The vision statement is hand stamped on copper and connected throughout the soil and around the roots with silk ribbon. Marbles and recycled beads are sprinkled like dew drops and pearls of wisdom, nestled amongst the moss and roots.

Nurturing meaningful relationships with others
Tree trunk/Branches

The same material was used for the branches, tree and roots — stripped branches from the church's old willow tree, bound together with cropper wire. The trunk is wrapped in fabric and then copper mesh which is made to protect gardens form slugs in addition to being beautiful, is a metaphor of God's protection and loving arms around us.

Nurturing intentional relationships with our world

A mixture of satin, organza and tulle made up the vibrant tree foliage, with pieces of recycled hydrangea and coconut shell leaves added to help represent our relationship with others and the world. The background was created using strips of sky-blue tissue paper and glue. Thin bands of copper were woven amongst the top of the tree, to represent each person's unique story and gifts. Lastly, a sprinkling of autumn berries were added, to be changed with the seasons, reminding us to be relevant and in harmony with the world."

— Created by Sandy Dalgleish & Karen Graham, October, 2009.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Under the bridge

Here is a mural we found under the Granville Street Bridge on a recent visit to Granville Island. Looks like Vancouver in its caveman days to me.

Monday, March 29, 2010

More eagles in the city

These three beautiful eagle statues are from the Vancouver Island Eagles in the City project.

"The Power of One" by Bernadette McCormack

"West Coast Roots" by Lynn Kingham

"Free Fall" by Wendy "Sage River" Rogers

Monday, March 22, 2010

Orca - "Maximilian"

"Maximilian" is another of the Orcas in the City from the Victoria project. It's situated on the Lower Causeway on the downtown Victoria waterfront (or at least that's where I photographed it last summer). Artists of what looks like a cut-glass mosaic overlay are Sara Gifford, Jan Van Sickle and Michael Hofmann.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Orcas project

Last summer in our travels around Victoria we sighted several Orcas from the Orcas in the City project. Below is one of these fun, statues. Though they all start out looking the same, each ends up with a unique personality.

"VictoriOrca" by Peter Karas & Corinne Garlick

Monday, March 08, 2010

Ethnic food comes alive

Mural on the wall of Kostas Greek Restaurant - Langley, B.C.

Enjoy your pita, tzatziki, spanokapita, souvlaki and calamari against the backdrop of a Greek villa. 

Monday, March 01, 2010

Picturesque bird

Over the last few years the Vancouver area has hosted several 'critters' in the city projects. The first one was Orcas In the City. The next was Spirit Bears in the City. The latest project is Eagles In the City. Here is one of those eagles, currently on display at the Fraser Valley Regional Library Langley city branch, where you will find me often, borrowing or returning books.

"Reflective Flight" was painted by Betty Powell and Marlene Harker

The purpose of these projects is to showcase local artists, encourage tourism, and  raise money for the Easter Seal Houses, which provide services to children with disabilities around the province

Monday, February 22, 2010

Small and mysterious

Okay, though it wouldn't be classified a mural, this painting on the side of a truck I passed one day had me puzzled. Is it a kind of "You can do it!" message to the rig, or a testimonial of what the vehicle it has already been through?

Monday, February 15, 2010

Sneak a peek at paradise

This long skinny mural transforms the wall beside a doorway into an idyllic vista. (Also in White Rock BC).

Monday, February 08, 2010

Two grand dames

Seen from the beachfront walk at White Rock Beach, B.C.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Nature's icons

"Natural BC" by Jennifer Lee.

This stylized landscape is found on one of the washroom / utility buildings along the sea walk in White Rock, BC.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Alice on Crescent Beach

You'll find this sweet birthday greeting on a wall along the beach walk at Crescent Beach. (Obviously the taggers have found it too *sigh.*) Click to enlarge.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Powder keg

Not sure who is the victor here -  the buck or the powder keg. But the colors are nice in this, another Kamloops BC street capture.

Monday, January 04, 2010

Tool fantasy

Kamloops BC is the home of this bright composition.



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