What do a river otter and coyote have in common? Both native species are depicted in the newest VIVA Vancouver mural in Vancouver.
Located in Marpole on West 66th Avenue, just between Granville Street and the commercial lane, the colourful ‘fractal-style’ mural brings together the natural elements that exist and surround the Marpole community in southwest Vancouver: the Fraser River, the Coast mountains and the animals that dwell within.
In partnership with project partners Emily Carr University, the Marpole Business Improvement Association received a VIVA Vancouver grant from the City of Vancouver to create a permanent, on-street mural for the purposes of enhancing the pedestrian experience and creating new opportunities for community interaction. This project has met several of the City’s top priorities within the Greenest City Plan, the Transportation Plan and the City’s 2010-2020 strategic goal of creating sustainable, affordable, liveable and inclusive city.
“VIVA Vancouver projects, such as the Marpole on-street mural, contribute positively to the overall vibrancy and street life in areas around Vancouver by promoting neighbourhood interaction and engaging businesses,” said Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson.
The mural design process began in 2012, with a design competition involving illustration program students at Emily Carr University. Through a juried selection process involving ECU professors, Marpole BIA and local community representatives, a winning mural design was chosen to become reality as Marpole’s VIVA Vancouver mural for 2013. Spring rains delayed the mural’s implementation, but the late, great summer weather allowed for the mural’s completion this Labour Day long weekend.
More than 15 Emily Carr student volunteers and staff worked to apply special non-toxic ecological paint donated by Cloverdale Paint.
“After a year of planning, we are beyond thrilled to see this mural on West 66th Avenue come to life,” said Claudia Laroye, Executive Director of the Marpole BIA. “The community response has been fantastic – people are very happy to see this amazing artwork in Marpole.”
The Marpole BIA would like to thank Dr. Cameron Cartiere (Dean, Graduate Studies), Ashley Guindon, Emily Carr University Illustration Program staff and students, the City of Vancouver, VIVA Vancouver, Cloverdale Paint and Marpole Subway, for their support.