The Murals of East Vancouver
A new website catalogues and chronicles the more than 40 colourful murals dotting East Vancouver. Muralsvancouver.ca also offers a springboard to exploring the iconic public art and some of Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhoods through four mural map tours. Designed for walking or cycling, the tours come with downloadable maps and an audio component that is accessible by mobile phone.
“The creation of the website recognizes the important role murals play as permanent icons of community identity and landmarks within the urban environment,” said a City of Vancouver press release. The site is a partnership between the city’s Great Beginning Program, an initiative that celebrates the history, heritage, and culture of the city’s first urban areas, and the Creative Collaborations Society.
The site launches on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre, the “Cultch” Studio Theatre (1895 Venables) from 5 pm to 7:30 p.m. alongside “From the Group Up: The Making of Murals,” an exhibition by artist, muralist, and Creative Collaborations Society Co-Director Richard Tetrault.
[Top Image: Celebrating Community at 315 Powell Street.]