Monday, December 21, 2009

Murals of Canada: Chemainus BC

I included Chemainus on my art bucket list, on the right side of the blog. Chemainus has done something which I have never heard of any other mid sized town doing. They embarked on an ambitious project to cover their town with murals and in so doing they created one of Canada's most unique communities.

The murals were painted by accomplished artists, who came from other countries and from across Canada. Although, most brought with them mural making skills, a few were first time projects.

Chemainus boasts of an outstanding 40 murals. The mural featured above was painted by
Paul Ygartua and is my favourite. It honours Canadian native heritage. For that matter, all of the murals honour and pay tribute to some feature of Chemainus life, be it, the contribution of Japanese and Chinese citizens to their community, or to businesses, significant institutions, social organizations, or important historical occasions.

When you click on this link here, it will take you to the Chemianus website. Click on murals, and open the first one. It may take you ten minutes or so to wander through the murals, (click to go to the next one at the bottom of each page).

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