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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460 Assiniboine Park Drive (3)   

This one was rendered by Charlie Johnston for the Zoo in 2002. It was lost in 2007 as the walls or this structure deteriorated.

Original notes follow:

Charlie Johnston: I was pretending to be a monkey in the cage while I painted it. I made a very special friend while I was painting that Mural by the name of Mel Gibbons. He was a young male Gibbon. One day when I was walking by his enclosure, he reached out with his gibbon hand and put it on my leg. I made friends with them I'd shake his hand; I'd talk to him he was a very gentle creature, a very beautiful animal, quite a personality. He became a special friend!

I didnt make friends with any of the lion-tailed Macaques because they are ornery!

This was a May project (early in the Winnipeg's Mural season). We wanted it designed in a way that related to the animal, in terms of different types of foliage and other elements. I used photo references for this one as well. It's like doing a diorama, you want the mural to integrate the environment. In the monkey cage the challenge was to make the handholds integrate. They (the zookeepers) put all those rock climbing handholds on the wall for the monkeys to use. So I made trees where the handholds are and they also form parts of the branches, so when the monkeys are climbing the handholds it looks like they're climbing the tree in the Mural.