Retail streetscapes within the downtown Vancouver peninsula continue to be brightened up by murals painted onto boarded storefronts.
Within the Gastown district, a considerable number of additional murals have been painted since the first batch emerged early this month.
The street art is an initiative of the Gastown Business Improvement Association, in partnership with the businesses that have closed and installed wooden hoarding to protect their property.
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The program pays local artists for their work and is intended to help reduce vandalism and other unwanted behaviour, but some of the mural works have already been damaged by graffiti.
Elsewhere in downtown, Vancouver Mural Festival, in partnership with the Robson Street Business Association and the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association, has commissioned local artists to paint murals on the boarded storefronts of Robson Street, other areas of the city centre, and South Granville.
The City of Vancouver is also supporting these programs by helping cover the cost of the paint materials.
While these closely clustered creations are turning city streets into a public art gallery, the public is urged to stay home and enjoy the murals virtually through online photos.
Here is the mural progress on the boarded up storefronts in and around Gastown as of April 26: