Vancouver’s high-profile Whaling Wall mural is coming down after 30 years on a downtown building to make way for new condominiums.
Called “Orcas,” the mural is eighth in a series of a staggering 100 worldwide Whaling Wall murals by famed artist Wyland. Vancouver’s Whaling Wall, on the side of the old Continental Hotel at the foot of the Granville Street Bridge, spans 130 feet wide by 70 feet tall, and was dedicated September 10, 1985.
The demolition of the Continental Hotel site is part of a large-scale planned development for the location. The deteriorating 1911 building was last used as an SRO, but in 2013 the facility was shut down and relocated to Kingsway.
In 2010, the “Orcas” mural was the beneficiary of a touch-up paint job in honour of the Vancouver Winter Olympics.
Plans are already in the works to replace the mural, however it will be located in East Vancouver. “The city is still discussing what [the] mural will look like and which artist will be commissioned,” notes Global BC.
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