New residents to the neighbourhood, billionaires and Lululemon founders Chip and Shannon Wilson, have commissioned the painting of a giant mural on the seawall located below their recently completed $37 million beachside mansion.
They recently told Global BC news that they were “doing this for the people of Vancouver” as a way to combat guerrilla graffiti, which was an issue on the wall in recent weeks. The new mural follows similar steps the City of Vancouver has taken with graffiti problem areas of the city by commissioning murals as taggers generally do not paint over murals.
However, complaints caught the attention of inspectors who have since taken a look at the mural and found that the art could be in breach of the City’s signage bylaws, even though the Wilsons owns the 200-foot long seawall that borders his property. As the seawall faces a publicly owned beach, Wilson mistakenly thought a permit was not required.
The City will work with the Wilsons to retain the mural, which could be revised to ensure that it follows the city’s signage bylaw rules.
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