Go for a ride along the popular Union Street bike route in East Van and you’ll probably notice something different about the outside of the Savoury Chef offices. That’s because Luke Ramsey, an established freelance illustrator based on the Sunshine Coast, recently spent four days painting a 30 foot long mural on Union and Vernon.
“Art is so important to our city and maybe public art even more so,” said Kyle Nordman, a Principle at Savoury Chef who gave Ramsey free reign to do whatever he wanted with the space. “With projects coming from The Strathcona BIA and the City Of Vancouver, I feel like there’s a real shift taking place right now where more businesses are getting involved; they’re really seeing the value, not just for themselves, but for the larger community.”
When asked about the meaning behind his new work, Luke Ramsey explained: “This wall is on a popular bike route, so I wanted to create a landscape captured in a passing moment – colors and shapes that convey positive vibes as cyclists pass by. I also wanted to compliment the trees that will bloom in the spring. The landscape consists of islands, mountains, clouds, ocean and a sun – reverence for this coast [where] I’ve spent most of my life.”
Take a look at the photos below for a closer look at East Van’s newest mural.