Interned companies turn into art for Vancouver Mural Festival campaign


VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – While some may see a lot of plywood covering businesses, others see it as empty canvas.

On Friday, the Vancouver Mural Festival launched a campaign called “Murals for Hope” to cover this plywood with art. Over the next few weeks, expect these closed businesses to come to life – thanks to the wall artists.

Adrian Sinclair is the engagement director for the Vancouver Mural Festival and says artists are invited to provide inspirational imagery.

“But we ask them all to take advantage of hope, resilience, community, closeness, things to do with people they find to be heroes, underrated people or essential workers “He said.

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Forty spaces in the South Granville neighborhood and Robson Street will come alive with color.

However, Sinclair says that artists will be challenged by their surfaces.

“Normally, wood wouldn’t be one of the main things they would paint on, but, to be honest, we are as curious as you are. We don’t know exactly what they will find, “he said.

Artists come from all kinds of different backgrounds, says Sinclair, and some are familiar with the mural festival.

“A lot of them have already done murals for the mural festival. So we’re really excited to see what they can do on these spaces because they’re so small and [the artists] can create something more experimental than they normally do. “

Local companies and sponsors find the money to pay the artists.

Regarding the fate of the annual festival, which normally takes place in the summer, Sinclair says he is confident that they will be able to achieve something exciting for the public this year.

“We are quite creative and we are developing emergency plans. We will continue to focus on art and find ways to get people into it. He anticipates more details will be released in the coming months.

Images of health officials have already appeared on windows mounted in Vancouver’s Gastown. The portraits of Dr. Bonnie Henry and Theresa Tham were recently joined by other murals showing their support for frontline workers.


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