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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554 Main Street   

This Mural was one of five pieces produced by Graffiti Arts Programming for Mural Fest 2k7. This one was rendered by Portland Oregon Artist Jesse Reno. Additional painters were Vincent Shorting, Nelson Catcheway, Eugene Boittiaux and Steve Castel.
The Mural disappeared from the wall in the fall of 2021.
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Jesse Reno: "It's not that often that you get the opportunity to paint something this big. It's sweet to have something up in the public domain where anybody can see it. It's not tucked away in a gallery where only a sliver of society sees it. Plus it gives you a giant place to put your ideas and energy. It's cool to be respected and to have an impact. A ton of my work is influenced by aboriginal peoples- I'm inspired by them. So it's sweet to have a community like that here that will observe it on a regular basis."

"There's a phoenix which is rebirth, growth; a heart for love. Love equals expansion - it's all growing upwards. You can accomplish things beyond your own means. The whale is a power animal. And there's a head floating above. He's growing a third eye because he's aware of himself. The whole thing is saying remember where you came from; rise up to your potential. There are people around here that need a helping hand and this positive message. I'm feeling pretty good about the message, colour and shape of the Mural. The colours mesh the way I like and the shapes look correct."

"Around the whale there's roots all tangled. Arrows symbolize growth. The roots symbolize going back to your roots and recognizing where you came from, who you are and how you got there and became that. From there you've got this floating head as if you could exceed yourself and your own person and become something above yourself. There's more arrows there that show that even if you reach this higher level, there's another level that you can always be reaching for."

"I've got words scrawled in the back: respect, reach, growth, love. To the right is the cobra. Snakes are always a symbol of wisdom. And then the world below it with all the flowers and growth and the idea that if you have all this you can actually do something to your surroundings and maybe change the world, or, at least change your own world. Once again arrows are shooting of in all directions, standing for unknown positive growth, rising up. Also throughout the design are symbols of measures and of weight- the measure of what your potential is; and the weight of knowing that you're in charge of your own life. Don't blame other people- it's about you stepping up to your full ability."

"The world at the bottom is the planet, or your habitat or environment, your household, your immediate life or the life that is still beyond you- it all depends on how far you're expanding. That's what I generally try to do with my work- leave it open to interpretation. It's all loose so other people can make their own assumptions and tie it to their own life. That's why I use so many open, symbolic elements."

"I'm very much into ancient cultures and first peoples and the way they lived, why they made art. Money never came into it! People were doing things from inside for spiritual reasons, to try to reach or explain something beyond their own words. I have huge empathy for aboriginal peoples the world over; and I get upset about it all the time- what's happened to them, how they were the caretakers of the world. They could have lived for eternity if they stayed in charge: we wouldn't have global warming, or act the way we do to each other. I don't think we would be on this path we're on- we'd be connected, we'd understand the weight of death instead of killing each other. Aboriginal peoples were in synch, they knew. That's why they put the animals above other things and treat them as symbols to explain and understand. And they respected the earth."

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