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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9 Marlene Street   

'Keepers of Mother Earth'
This beautiful artwork was rendered by Jimmy Harper in 2002. In 2018 the building was demolished for a new structure on this space. Original notes follow:---
Jane Brenner (Marlene Street Kids Program): "They are very wonderful walls (see also 31 Marlene Street) and Jimmy spent a lot of time doing those walls. Neighbours who don't live in the housing complexes on Marlene Street but in the single dwellings were coming out and telling him 'wow, that's wonderful'. People who were driving by stopped and asked him for his business card (he didn't have one at the time!). And people have been keeping an eye out for them to make sure that they wouldn't get vandalized. And they haven't been: people don't vandalize beautiful things. He's sold a lot of paintings on canvas to people here, too. And he always tells you the story of his painting so you'll understand what it is."

Jimmy Harper: "This was the first of the two Murals that I did on Marlene Street. Purple is my favourite colour, and I think it worked well here. It's a peaceful colour and helps pull off the time of day it is. I was thinking about using red instead but I thought it would be too intense. The black outlining of the bears represents your youth (human being or young animal), then the colour starts to fade- the dark gray indicates you become mature, the lighter gray signifies you've become very old and wise and white part signifies you've passed away and become a white spirit. The sun inside them is our creator and there are little dots inside-those are the little spirits. They're the other ones who have passed away."

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