Each year, we lose some good outdoor art in Winnipeg. For the year indicated, here's a last look at, a last goodbye to some of the artwork that has disappeared that year.

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128 Adelaide Street   

This artwork was rendered in 1996 by Dave Bezilla for Canadian Footwear. It was lost in late 2010.

Original notes follow:
Dave Bezilla: "This was the first time I used a scissors-lift to any extreme height. I was up so high and it was swaying and I was hanging onto the wall, it was a bit unnerving until I got used to it! This was an interesting one to paint all right. It was up close, no projection; just count the bricks and scale it that way. All the artwork is mine, and it's all airbrush."

"Brian (the client and business owner) was a nice guy to work for, and the employees of the store were terrific, they helped me focus. I did the whole thing on a long weekend, three days! Basically the first day all the white was laid in to lay everything out, and the scissor-lift helped a great deal- I could have never done this without it. Brian was thinking about having awnings all the way around so I suggested that I paint them rather than him building them, and he went for it; it seemed to work pretty good. I'm definitely happy with the look; I've got a lot of compliments on it. I like the trompe l'oeil and the shading techniques. The boot (photo 3) only took a couple of hours, and is based on the ones up on the roof."

As evidence of Dave's keen eye for detail, while he and I were chatting about this wall, he noticed and complimented me on the pigeon being caught in mid-flight in the establishing shot photo, something that I hadn't even noticed before. Somewhat embarrassed, I offered to drop in one of our other photos instead, but Dave likes this one the best!

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