Peter Allen stands infront of his mural, located at 401 David St. Allen’s work is one of 16 pieces being painted across Victoria. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS

Local and international artists paint murals across Victoria

Sixteen murals are spread out across downtown Victoria as part of the ‘concrete canvas’ project

Victoria streets are starting to look a lot more colourful.

Sixteen artists from across Canada and the world are participating in the City of Victoria’s “Concrete Canvas,” art project looking to curate more murals in the city.

Artists from Victoria, Canada, the United States and Ukraine will participate in the two-week painting spree around Rock Bay, unveiling their work Aug. 25 at the official launch party where people can take walking tours to see the completed murals.

For Victoria-based artist Peter Allen, the project is a welcome sign of acceptance from the city.

“I’m very, very proud of Victoria for doing this,” Allen said. “I think they’ve taken a huge, giant step forward in their cultural maturity, and willingness to take a risk with young, emerging art forms. I’ve been painting in this city for over 20 years and never thought they’d be this supportive.”

RELATED: City of Victoria looking for mural artists to work in Rock Bay

Allen’s piece shows a world of cartoon characters meshed together in a fluid form. It’s located at 401 David St., and stands in homage to Allen’s mentor, Hans Fear, who passed away in 2001 after struggling with schizophrenia.

“This mural is raising awareness for mental health, as well as paying tribute to the genius who created the tradition of street art in Victoria,” Allen said.

Just up the road, Caitlin McDonagh, an artist who splits her time between Victoria and Montreal, said she was taking on a new challenge.

“I’ve never painted or made anything this large, so it’s exciting,” McDonagh said. “It’s kind of like a nature scene, but a mish-mash surreal spin on it.”

McDonagh began her piece at 2725 Rock Bay Ave. on Tuesday, and by Friday it was taking an abstract and whimsical form.

The launch party runs from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25 at the Hoyne and Driftwood Brewery parking lot (450 Hillside Ave.). The free event will include a mural workshop, live music, food and beverages for all ages, and walking tours of the murals.

Murals are located at 401 and 511 David St., 2500, 2551 and 2752 Rock Bay Ave., 453 and 518 Hillside Ave., 632 John St., 611, 626 and 356 Bay St., and 2219 Government St.

For more information, you can head to victoria.ca/concretecanvas.

nicole.crescenzi@vicnews.com

City of VictoriaMurals

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Vladimir Manzhos is one of the international muralists working on the Concrete Canvas project by the City of Victora. Manzhos comes from Kiev, Ukraine, and is working on a piece at 401 David St. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS

Caitlin McDonagh works on her piece, located at 2725 Rock Bay Ave. for the City of Victoria’s Cncrete Canvas project. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS

Just Posted

Saanich teen earns $100,000 commerce scholarship to the University of Calgary

Matias Totz is graduating from St. Michaels University School

Traffic impacted on the Malahat near Goldstream Park

Reported crash in northbound lane of highway

Barbecue thief leaves hat behind at Victoria residence

Anyone who recognizes the hat is asked to call VicPD or Crime Stoppers

COVID-19: Saanich police respond to calls about skatepark gathering, group volleyball game

‘Some people are still not taking this seriously,’ officer says

‘An extra $220 every 90 days’: B.C. patients pay more dispensing fees due to prescription limits

The Kelowna woman says it’s outrageous to charge for refills every 30 days

‘Hold our line’: 29 new cases of COVID-19 announced in B.C.

Saturday’s number of new cases marks the lowest in weeks.

Critic, workers’ group ‘disappointed’ Trudeau chose Amazon to distribute PPE

Amazon Canada said in an email to The Canadian Press that it is working with Canada Post, Purolator

Full World COVID-19 update: National Guard collect ventilators in New York; Spain, Italy improve

Comprehensive coronavirus update with news from around the world.

Nanaimo’s Harmac mill works to fill doubled pulp order for medical masks and gowns

Mill’s president says extra cleaning in place and workers are social distancing

Two people fined after B.C. police spot online ads re-selling 5,000 surgical, N95 masks

Police confiscated the masks, being sold at inflated prices, and now working with Fraser Health

Unclear if Cowichan couple refusing to self-isolate will face penalty

No fines or charges have been laid to date, including Cowichan couple who won’t self isolate

POLL: Will you be able to make your rent or mortgage payment this month?

With the COVID-19 delivering a devastating blow to the global economy, and… Continue reading

COVID-19: Postponed surgeries will be done, B.C. health minister says

Contract with private surgical clinic to help clear backlog

Black Press Media ad sparks discussion about value of community newspapers

White Rock resident hopes front-page note shines light on revenue loss during COVID-19 crisis

Most Read