Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Vancouver Mural Fest - Colouring Our World - August 20, 2016

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The giant murals have been in progress for some time, now and Sunday was a beautiful sunny day to spot them as we walked up Main from Terminal to 12th. Some of them can also be seen from the sky train. We began with a look at the decorated silos at Red Truck Brewery. Always a great way to celebrate with a wide selection of craft beers, delicious food and music of all kinds. The faces on the silos depict people enjoying the setting and their comments: Natural, Amazing, Trucked....
There were street markets, food trucks, and store sales - 150 local businesses were a busy, vibrant part of every block. 20 bands played their hearts out and people were dancing in the streets, for sure. But the main attraction was the 35 new, permanent murals bringing huge blank spaces to life, portraying everything: technology, cultures, sci-fi, a perpetual, vivid reminder of the richness of world on Main Street, every day. 40 Artists painted, sprayed, worked from great heights, on platforms and ladders and, as far as I know, all the paint went right onto the walls and none on those of us looking up. Lucky us, lucky Main Street. We need more of this, here. Lives enriched - our Art World.

PS I dressed in my own mural of fabrics and patterns, all from My Sister's Closet. The skirt is beaded and appliqued and is from India. The bag of contrasting patterns, is Japanese in origin. Cotton, black and white huaraches by ARTISANAT, handmade necklace. JORD watch. All black and white lets the murals be front and center.

PPS Much more at www.vancouvermuralfestival.com




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