Over the last few months a crew of artists have been working away to transform the Firehall’s courtyard and bring it to life with a stunning mural on the back wall. This towering piece of art is part of the City of Vancouver’s ‘Year of Reconciliation’ project and is based on the cultural links and connectivity of three distinct cultures that all converge in Vancouver’s historic heart: Aboriginal, Chinese and Japanese. The convergence of these groups is portrayed in a woven design with symbols, narratives and text from each culture. The mural was conceived with input from each of the three communities.
The mural artists are Jerry Whitehead, June Yun, Eri Ishii and Gerald Pedros, with mentored artists Marissa Nahanee, Christine Cheng and Mayuka Hisata (pictured to the right).
Coordinators for the mural were Richard Tetrault and Esther Rausenberg (Creative Cultural Collaborations Society). This project was generously supported with funds from the City of Vancouver.
This coming Saturday afternoon we will be hosting a special public event in the courtyard to launch the mural. We hope you can join us to see the full mural in its glory and find out more about what went into its collaborative creation!
RADIUS MURAL LAUNCH
You can read more about the network of Eastside murals here: www.vancouvermurals.ca