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.
807 Corydon Avenue
This piece was rendered in 2003 by Sal Aysan who is also the building owner as a beautification project with no sponsorship of any kind. In 2014 it was painted over with a new Mural. Original notes follow:
Sal Aysan: "I have this same design on my coffee table in my home. I took a picture of
it. The table itself is made of granite, it's an Eskimo piece and what I liked about it was
that it was something that was Canadiana. Everyone does Murals of trains and homes
and cattle and cars flowers heritage scenes. I wanted something different; something that
was Canadiana. I consider myself a proud Canadian; very much so. I came to Canada in
1960 from Turkey. I met a Winnipeg born Lady and we raised three kids."
"I own these two buildings and I wanted to have something on my wall instead of people
putting graffiti on it. I didn't approach anyone for funding because I totally feel that
something done on your own building should be done at your expense. I'm very proud of
it. I loved the design. I actually finished the design up last year but then I changed the
colours and redid the whole thing. It did take me too long to do the rendering on the
wall; just a couple of days in June."
"It something very simple and yet very effective, I think. I had to pick something simple
that I could do. There's not too many colours, only two! And even if I made a mistake it
wouldn't show too much. I certainly don't consider myself an artist. I'm not an artist at
all! But as you can see in my store (an antique shop) I appreciate creations by humans
and the work that goes into making one of these creations."