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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171 Princess Street (1)   

   This piece was rendered by Helen Jaworski in 2000 with sponsorship by Take Pride Winnipeg, Winnipeg Police Service and Winnipeg Fire and Paramedic Service. The building was completely demolished in early 2020.

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Helen Jaworski: "This Mural is a celebration of the police, the fire department and the paramedics. There is an awards ceremony happening on the stage. These three coexist and work together and rely on one another and they collectively help make our city safer and better. They not only fight crime, trauma and fire, but they work with the community; and that is something that should be recognized."

"I had been doing a lot of sketches of City Hall previously. City Hall the something as a child I remembered and something that is now gone, a part of our history. So that is something that I wanted to do and I felt strongly about. My sketches for the Mural only took about four days to be approved."

"Due to its massive size and the equipment I was working on, it would've been difficult to get down, go back and change things. Fortunately my drawings were perfect and the Mural came out fairly close to do my pencil drawings."

This was Helen's very first foray into painting a Mural, and this one was massive. Initially, she tried to do the work from scaffolding that was at least 15 feet high, but due to safety concerns, a scissors-lift was arranged for her instead. She included depictions of a period specific police vehicle, ambulance and fire truck with cart in the scene (see Photo 2). She began work on July 7th, and was finished by the end of September. This is another Winnipeg Mural that due to its size and prominent location was causing a buzz in the community before it was even completed. The Mural was unveiled in a ceremony on October 22, 2000, and is adorned with a commemorative plaque at the lower left. It is dedicated to the men and women who serve and have served on the Winnipeg Police and the Winnipeg Fire and Paramedic Services: their dedication and bravery have helped to make Winnipeg into a safer place to live.

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