"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, 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.



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