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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Graham Avenue & Vaughan Street   

This is one of 10 Transit Controllers commissioned by Winnipeg Downtown BIZ for the Graham Avenue Festival in 2007; with additional sponsorship by Take Pride Winnipeg. Though the artwork is unsigned, the rendering artist was Cyrus Smith. The Controller Box was replaced in 2014.
Original notes follow:

Cyrus Smith: "The call (to artists) was for art deco. I did my research. I went to the library and did an extensive amount of research on art deco itself, to try to make my design fit that. My design has art deco elements but it's also cheeky. It's these swipes or swatches of art deco designs and they're being painted on, refurbishing the surfaces, which I think is a metaphor of what they're trying to do on Graham, making things new. The last grey/purple swipe of paint is my comment on how I see certain city groups' stance on graffiti removal- how they're painting over life and vibrant colours with the dull grey. I got to do a little interview for Shaw Cable on this piece."

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