I was commissioned by the Vancouver Mural Festival trough Jeff Hamada and Drew Young to paint a 100 x 19 feet wall for the 2019 edition. We worked seven days with a team of three painters and the huge help of fifteen volunteers.
The idea behind the mural was very simple. I used to have a studio one street down from this corner; every day I used to go up hill to grab a coffee, take a break and walk a bit this beautiful neighborhood that is Mount Pleasant. The drawing reflects that momento of joy, go out and walk a bit on these streets with so many trees and flowers.
A mural has imperfections. It has holes and patches. It has bricks that you can see on this case. All of these adds up to create a feeling around my design that you can find only at that corner. All these elements, plus the design full of patterns and shapes full of color create a really nice feeling. A mural is a very tangible piece, you can appreciate it from far as a whole or come closer and immerse yourself between this three huge characters with their very big arms and legs full of color.
Lead Painter: Brother Jopa
Volunteers: Andrew Tavukciyan, Lauren Welland, Priscilla Yu, Paula Barrantes,
Christina James, Sergio Morales Bello, Jill Mundy, Grace Cho, Annie Nim,
Sarah Nickel, Kyla James, Katerina Mihailidis, Juan Jose Saavedra Perez,
Marissa Niamir & Macarena Luzi.
Photography: Albert Law
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