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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1085 Main Street (1)   

   These two walls (see also Photo 2) were rendered in 2002 by Helen Jaworski for the neighbourhood Police District Office; with sponsorship by Take Pride Winnipeg, Hertz Equipment Rentals and Neighbourhoods Alive. In 2012 a new owner painted over the 2 walls.

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The two Murals at this site came about as a direct result of the prior work that Helen did for them (i.e., Winnipeg Police Service) on the Mural at City Hall (see 171 Princess). Initially, the commission to the artist was for just the West wall (see Photo 1) but the Winnipeg Police Service was so pleased with her work that approval was enthusiastically given for a second Mural (see Photo 2).

Helen Jaworski: "I went to the police office and spoke to them and then drew a sketch which they OK'd. This scene is of two police officers with their raccoon coats and raccoon hats. That's the way they dressed back then. They wore an identification band on their left arm. This kept them very warm in the winter weather. Not only that, but they looked attractive! The wintry scene is true to Winnipeg with the snow. This scene itself depicts two children that are lost and are unable to find their way home. The police were notified and came to their assistance! The policeman using the telephone is holding a teddy bear: in a crisis situation involving young children it is offered to them to calm them down and comfort them through a time of crisis. No matter what the situation is they will always try to calm the child. They are there to HELP."

"This scene represents an era of the fifties or sixties. It one took about a month because of the bricks surface of the very deep cracks between the bricks. It was slow meticulous work; very time-consuming and very difficult doing the detailing. But I was quite pleased; I think it turned out quite well."

"When the wall was done, I asked them if they wanted a second one to complement it; and they said yes! The second scene is a more playful scene. The children are playing here, but even as they are playing they are learning rules of safety and survival skills that will help them later in life. Even the little boy driving the toy car is learning the rules of road. Girls coming to a street corner must stop and wait their turn and look both ways. The police are a persistent reminder of these rules of the road and behaviour. The policeman has parked his motorcycle and is assisting the children. It's just a playful scene, but with an underlying message that the police are always there to help. I chose the street names of Argyle and Euclid because they are both meaningful street names in this community. This scene is probably of a slightly earlier era than the other scene. But there are some elements of it that are timeless: you'll probably always see a little boy driving a toy car or a little girl with ankle socks and booties."

"It was wonderful working here! I felt comfortable and the people were wonderful. And I felt safe! It was an overall great experience working for the city police."

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