545 Sargent Avenue (2)
'Cue the Beat!'
This artwork was a 2019 West End Mural Mentor Project with artists Antoinette Baquiran and Rachel Goosen. Sponsorship was provided by West End BIZ, Dulux Paints, Take Pride Winnipeg and X-Cues Billiards & Café. The land on which the Mural was installed was lost in 2020 when the land was repurposed.
Original notes follow:
Artists' Remarks : 'Cue the Beat!' is a lively Mural located on Sargent
and McMicken which commemorates X-CUES Billiards & Cafe's 50th anniversary, while
celebrating the culture of the community. The Mural is done in the 1960's style of pop art
involving the use of geometric and abstract shapes as well as the minimalist style of
simplistic, organic forms.
"This style of art connects to the time when X-CUES,
originally known as Enzo's, which opened in 1969. Enzo's was a hub for Winnipeg's
newcomers, where they felt welcomed and included in the community. Furthermore,
images of the cafe in the Mural are used, which can be recognizable to regular customers
to further the Mural's dedication to the event center (such as the interior of the lounge,
specifically the stage area). In addition, the Mural includes musical instruments from
Ethiopia, Philippines, Iceland, Italy, Syria, and many more that represent the diversity of
people that live in the West End. Ultimately, 'Cue the Beat!' exemplifies the celebration
of bright culture of the West End and X-CUES' contribution to the community."
To view the lovely Jennifer McFee piece on this project for the Canstar Metro, click
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