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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This Transit Controller Box artwork, entitled 'Mona Lisa ansd Whistler's Mother with Transfers' was one of a series that was commissioned by Downtown BIZ in 2007 during its Graham Avenue Festival, with additional sponsorship by Take Pride Winnipeg. The artwork is by Eugene Boittiaux, with assistance by students Steve Castel, Teddy Head and Aaron Dumas from the Urban Canvas Program run by Graffiti Arts Programming. The controller box was replaced by a plain one in 2014
Original notes follow:

Eugene Boittiaux: "I heard about this project through the Graffiti Gallery, and our drawing instructor Linda Pierce helped with ideas. The Mona Lisa piece started with the idea of just a hand with a transfer. Then I thought of putting well known iconic art figures up in the context of riding the bus and holding a transfer."

"I wanted to have the feel of the area in the design. A lot of people in the area are pedestrians who ride the bus; and that's what I'm usually there for. So rather than focus on the commerce of the area I wanted to focus on the people; and to made it endearing with a bit of humour."

"With the colours of their flesh I tried to keep away from depicting any particular ethnicity, so there's red and brown and tan shades in the skin tone. I used acrylics. I had some glow-in-the-dark green paint that I used on the transfer. I wanted people to really notice the transfers!"

"I spent a lot more time on the Mona Lisa figure than the Whistler's Mother figure, although I think they ended up of equal quality. People who walked by had nothing but nice things to say to me, which made me blush."

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