Kitsilano’s newest mural has just been completed and unveiled to the public.
The neighbourhood’s latest piece of work was designed and carried out by Pellvetica, a collaboration between two Canadian mural and Illustration artists, Sandy and Steve Pell.
Since they began working together in 2014, the duo has gained some serious traction in the art world. They’re well known in the interior design community as well and they’ve won a handful of awards along the way.
Vancouverites, especially, will also be familiar with their work. They’ve taken their talent to Hootsuite, Spin Society, Kafka’s Coffee, and Boeing Vancouver, to name a few.
They’re also responsible for the #kitswings mural, which, funny enough, can be found right across the street.
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Their latest piece, titled #kitsbloom, was a commission for Chronic Ink, a Toronto-based tattoo parlour that’s set to open their first West Coast location.
Pellvetica was hired last December and the design has been in progress for several months. This week, the duo flew out from Kitchener, Ontario and brought the piece to life.
Overall, it took approximately 128 hours over the course of four days, split between two people. The duo typically works from 8 am to 9 pm, with occasional breaks in between.
Sandy Pell credits the help of the city and BIA Kitsilano, who helped paint the wall black before they even arrived. She also thanks the entire Chronic Ink team, for allowing her and Steve to take on the project.
“It’s a balance of self-love and healing, something that can bring a happy experience,” she explains.
“The design incorporates a number of West Coast flowers and leaves. It alternates between organic rings and geometric mountains to represent the rocks of the West Coast,” says Pell.
While a lot of their previous pieces include the design being transposed with a projector, Sandy and Steve found the centre of the wall and used strings to trace the entire thing.
You can check out Pellvetica’s latest piece of work at Burrard and West 4th.