Eight beautiful murals in Mount Pleasant to discover all year round

Apr 12 2021, 7:00 pm

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Vancouver loves murals, with over 200 public artworks to be seen on businesses, alleys and unique spaces to be seen across the city.

Some of the best can be discovered right in Mount Pleasant, which is also the birthplace of the annual Vancouver Mural Festival (VMF).

As you’re grabbing a treat from your favourite cafe or picking up an item from one of the local lifestyle shops, take a moment to enjoy art in the neighbourhood. Here are eight magnificent murals in Mount Pleasant to enjoy all year round.

Presence by Animalitoland


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Location: 7 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver (east wall viewable from the Ontario St. bike route).

Originally from Buenos Aires, Animalitoland has travelled, lived and painted murals around the world over the past six years. Using expressive characters and a strong presence of light and colour, she encourages people to work with sensitivity and imagination in a collective way.

For Animalitoland’s massive 3,000 sq ft mural, titled ‘Presence,’ she invites people to share their emotions for a collaborative mural that explores our minds.

She told Daily Hive: “Emotions cycle in and out of us. Whether negative or positive, it’s easy to get swept away by them. This project invites us to find balance in between, exploring inside our minds to recognize what is happening.

Vancouver: A People-Powered Future by Oakland Galbraith

Location: 298 East 11th Avenue, Vancouver (south wall, alley)

Oakland Galbraith is VMF’s youngest-ever muralist, having created Vancouver: A People-Powered Future, at the age of 12. His art focuses on ideas of identity, inclusion, and the social fabric that makes up our city.

According to the VMF Blog, each star painted by Oakland in his mural represents a person who donated to his fundraiser for Black Lives Matter. A total of $3,000 was raised in just days.

Interface by Ali T. Bruce and Victoria Sieczka


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Location: 685 Great Northern Way, Vancouver (North Wall of Centre for Digital Media)

This massive mural was painted and designed by Emily Carr University of Art + Design Alumni Ali. T Bruce and Victoria Sieczka. Inspired by digital media and vintage technology, Interface is a colourful feast for the eyes.

The Evening by Fintan Magee


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Location: 333 East 11th Avenue, Vancouver (North-facing wall of 15-storey condominium, The Duke)

Sydney, Australia-based social realist painter Fintan Magee specializes in large-scale murals like The Evening watching over Mount Pleasant on the side of The Duke.

In an Instagram post about the mural, Magee describes the work as being “a real challenge” and thanks everyone who helped the art be completed.

Entangled Flow by Abbey Pierson


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Location: 31 W 3rd Ave., Vancouver (outside of Titmouse, Inc.)

Abbey Pierson used traditional Coast Salish techniques in the design of Entangled Flow, which can be seen outside of the Titmouse building.

According to Pierson, the beautiful artwork was intended originally to only speak on climate change, but as the design was nearing completion, she saw it also reflecting the first half year of the pandemic. Entangled Flow was painted by Gaidasheva Oksana, JOPA and Olivia Knight.

The Kraken by Tyler Toews


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Location: Watson Street and East 15th Avenue, Vancouver

Tyler Toews has been making art since childhood, and with his business Canadian Murals, he has created pieces for cities, municipalities, and businesses across the country.

The environmental-themed The Kraken is described by Toews on Instagram as one of the most funnest murals he’s ever worked on.

Blanketing The City – Part II – The Biltmore Hotel by Debra Sparrow – Musqueam (xwməθkwəy’ əm ) and Gabriel Hall

Location: Kingsway and East 12th Avenue, Vancouver

According to Vancouver Mural Festival, Blanketing The City – Part II – The Biltmore Hotel is the largest public art piece created by a Musqueam, Squamish, or Tsleilwaututh artist, on whose unceded territory Vancouver currently resides.

Debra Sparrow and Vancouver Mural Festival transform Coast Salish textile patterns into a series of giant murals. The one at the corner of Kingsway and East 12th Avenue is more than eight stories tall.

commUNITY Youth Collaboration Mural with Paintillo


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Location: 370 East Broadway, Vancouver (outside Kingsgate Mall)

Local arts organization Paintillio coordinated groups from Mount Pleasant Community Centre, Big Brothers, Take a Hike Foundation and Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House to create a community-themed mural at Kingsgate Mall.

Members of the public were also invited to participate using a method that is similar to “paint-by-numbers.”

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