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Exterior Richmond walls sought for vibrant community murals

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 1:02 PDT, Wed September 1, 2021

The City of Richmond is inviting property owners, community organizations, stratas and non-profit organizations that have a highly visible exterior wall available for beautification to participate in the second annual community mural program. The deadline to apply is Sept. 20, with murals to be completed in 2022.

“This public art program continues to enhance public spaces around Richmond, foster community dialogue and engage local artists,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “In addition, it supports the goals of the Richmond Arts Strategy to increase awareness and participation in the arts and activate public spaces.”

Selected applicants will be notified in early October. City staff will work with successful applicants to match them with a pre-qualified artist to create the mural and manage the mural painting process. Successful locations will be visually accessible to the general public, with a few other required conditions. Private, single family properties are not eligible.

“This program was a great experience and we are lucky to have a lasting piece of art at our facility for everyone to enjoy,” said Mat Kavanagh, Environment Manager of Lehigh Hanson. “Artists Karen Yurkovich and Tristesse Seeliger worked closely with our team and the city to showcase the past, present and future of Mitchell Island through a large scale mural, painted in 2021, on the outside of our Ocean Concrete Mitchell Island plant.”

Recently completed murals include Metamorphosis by Karen Yurkovich and Tristesse Seeliger at the Lehigh Hanson facility (12651 Mitchell Rd.), Ladybug and the Sun by Laura Kwok at West Richmond Community Centre (9180 No. 1 Rd.) and McMath Mural by Dean and Christina Lauzé at McMath Secondary School (4251 Garry St.).

To learn more about the community mural program and obtain the PDF application form, visit www.richmond.ca/culture/publicart/whatsnew/communitymural, email publicart@richmond.ca or call 604-247-4612.

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