175 Mayfair Avenue
This beautiful wall was rendered by Cody Starr in 2007 for McDonald Youth Services, with sponsorship by Assiniboine Credit Union. The building was demolished in March 2016 to clear the way for a bigger better structure at this site. Original notes follow:
Erma Chapman (Executive Director, Macdonald Youth Services): "We had problems
with graffiti on this wall. Every time we covered it up it was like putting a new sheet of
paper on the easel for somebody else to come along and do something. It was taking our
time, and our cost of whitewashing; so we believed that a piece of aboriginal art would be
appropriate for the building, and minimize the graffiti that was happening. I called Steve
(Wilson) at Graffiti Art. We were looking for someone who already had a relationship
with Macdonald Youth Services. That was Cody."
"It took him 2 or 3 weeks, between sketching out the different colours and layers on it.
This was started in the Spring when it was colder and there were days of rain; so it took
him a bit longer because of the weather. He watched the kids and the circle of life that
happens here; and from that developed his vision for that wall. What he saw here
influenced what he drew on the wall. Cody needed to be able to feel it as well as paint it.
(Reading) 'It represents the synergy of Man and Nature throughout the earth's seemingly
endless cycle of life.' Those are Cody's own words to describe his piece."
"We feel it's something that can contribute to the community. It's a Mural of hope- of
looking more into the future than the past. Winnipeg has lots of historical Murals- this is
"The Mural for me is personally very rewarding. I have a busy job and many problems
here end up on my desk! I find being able to go out and spend a bit of time gazing at the
Mural takes me to a different place; and brings back the focus, the hope and the
optimism. Whatever storm it is can be weathered. The Murals makes this place a place
of more peace."
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