Two of downtown Vancouver’s fashion runways have been provided with a colourful uplift over the past week, with local artists turning boarded up storefronts into canvasses with their creations.
Organizers of the Vancouver Mural Festival (VMF) have partnered with artists, as well as the Robson Street Business Association, Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association, and the City of Vancouver, to turn the plywood on shuttered businesses into works of art.
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Altogether, VMF has commissioned 40 murals along Robson Street, Alberni Street, South Granville, and other areas of downtown. All of the murals are expected to reach completion by the end of this month.
Some of the designs have taken on messages of hope and appreciation for healthcare workers, both literally and figuratively.
All of the artists involved are being paid, providing them with some income during these challenging times. The cost of their supplies are also covered.
While these closely clustered creations are turning city streets into a public art gallery, both organizers and the city are urging the public to stay home and enjoy the murals virtually through online photos.
With fewer eyes on the street from the near-absence of pedestrian and car traffic, as a Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design strategy, the business improvement associations and the municipal government are encouraging and funding the painting of murals on boarded-up storefronts to help deter vandalism and other undesirable behaviour.
Daily Hive is a proud community sponsor of VMF. Here is the mural progress on the boarded up storefronts along the Robson Street and Alberni Street retail districts as of April 25:
Daily Hive is a proud community sponsor of the Vancouver Mural Festival