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.
737 Corydon Avenue (1)
This small Mural was rendered by Lauren Ritz in 2004 for Bar Italia. The entire wall of which this piece was a part was repainted with attractive signage by Pat Lazo in 2012. Original notes follow:
Lauren Ritz: "I've been going to Bar Italia for years on a regular basis. That particular
spot was a broken window for a long time. The manager realized it was a hazard and
covered it with plywood and then it just looked hideous! She said 'we'll have to get
someone to paint over that'. Then she looked at me and she knew that I'd be willing to do
it. I told her that I'd bring in my portfolio and show it to her and sketch some things out
as well. She's a very busy person, though and when I saw her a week later she said, 'just
go ahead and do it!'"
"I did it over 6 hours spread out over two different days. I wanted to do it when no one
was around because I didn't want a lot of people watching me, so I came in about 6 a.m.
on Sunday and then came back the following Sunday and finished it."
"It's all spray paint. It's an abstract cityscape that I've had in my mind since she asked
me to do it. It's kind of an amalgamation of graffiti and my own style. I've been working
in the same medium for about four years now and have a fondness for it."