Rear of Burnside building in Saanich to feature mural of hope and positivity – Victoria News
A building housing various businesses at 100 Burnside Rd. Will be the backdrop for Victoria’s largest mural by local artist Paul Archer, which begins on June 16.
To bring a message of “hope and positivity in these difficult times,” Archer plans to portray a girl with a sunflower in the back of the building. “It brings back memories, it shows our children, it portrays their future; sun and flowers, ”he said.
Archer created and installed airbrushed murals locally, in Vancouver and abroad, dating back to the 1980s. He and his painting partner, the late Dave Coupland, were known as the MAD artists of Vancouver.
The Burnside Road mural, to be completed on the Wascana Street side of the building, is a project of the Gorge Tillicum Community Association.
“We had earmarked some of our previous Canada Day income for an art fund, and it seemed appropriate to use it for a larger scale COVID-safe initiative that might put a smile on people’s faces.” , said association president Vera Wynn-Williams.
Other funders of the artwork include the CRD Arts Commission, Saanich District and members of the community. A Go Fund Me campaign for the mural raised $ 1,775 of its goal of $ 7,000 from 33 donors, whose excess funds will go to future community association projects.
“We really see this project as the start of a series of art installations, because there are so many wonderful possibilities that could improve our neighborhood,” says Arden Little, chair of the Arts, Culture and Celebration working group. association.
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