When we compiled the database, we were impressed with the power of its search abilities
according to one or multiple parameter queries and we wanted to include as much of that
"power" as possible here for website visitors.
Searches can be performed using any one or any combination of these criteria: by a
particular Artist; by Year rendered; by District (i.e., the broad city districts as defined
by Sherlock's Maps of Winnipeg); by specific Neighbourhood (as defined by Winnipeg
Citizen's Information Services); or by Mural Sponsor (if any).
If you are looking for a particular Mural, the fastest way to find it here is to search by
what information you know or remember about it. If you can only remember that the
artwork is on, say Portage Avenue and have no idea of the City District or
Neighbourhood, it would probably be best simply to use the browse feature and browse
along the Portage Avenue locations. However, if you know the Mural is in the West End,
was completed in 2002, and is by Artist John Doe, then select each of those respective
fields for those three criteria prior to hitting the "go" button. Any search result matches
to your query will be displayed via the thumbnails immediately below as well as
displaying the current range and total number of matches. If you are using the browse
feature use its own "go". The "go" button is used with the search feature to indicate
you've selected all the criteria for your particular search.
We include both District and Neighbourhood in the hopes that either one or the other
category will be useful. The Districts category contains those broad district names that
Winnipeggers are most familiar with. The Neighbourhood names, though less familiar,
divide the city into smaller areas, and might prove more useful divisions to some than the
larger districts. We ourselves have found BOTH categories useful. At yearend, we run a
District/Neighbourhood sort of the database and use it as our guide to quickly cover the
city to recheck all locations- it makes the task a breeze. One word of caution when using
Neighbourhoods as a criterion: some city streets that contain several Murals may also
serve as the boundary of adjacent neighbourhoods, resulting in the situation (e.g., Selkirk
Avenue) where Murals on opposite sides of that same street fall into different
Navigation: When either browsing or searching, the SELECTED Mural location may have
more than one view associated with it (there are many locations where one photo cannot
possibly do the Mural justice!). Alternate views (if any) of a particular wall or location
will appear as thumbs aligned vertically directly above the Mural information text.
For certain Murals, we have researched its background and conducted interviews
with the artists, proprietor, sponsors, and/or other relevant individuals. In these cases, look for
the "Murals comments/backstory" information starting directly below the large photo and its caption. We've heard from several
visitors that this is one of their favourite aspects of this site, reading the backstories and artist's comments on
their walls. If you're looking for locations WITH Mural comments, here is a hint as to how to find many of them: if we have
interviewed an artist and they are featured in the Artists Profile section, it is quite likely that all of their respective walls will feature
their comments below the main photo.
The "location map" link will open a new window with a street map centered on that
particular location. In the Murals section, our own mapping interface is used. In the other outdoor art section, in most cases we've shown the Yahoo maps version. There are some
other locations where we've preferred where either MapQuest or MapPoint plotted the
location (e.g., MapQuest, IMHO, seems better at finding underpasses). More
importantly, if you are not that familiar with the layout of Winnipeg, Yahoo Maps and
MapPoint both have an excellent feature that will draw you a route from your current
location (e.g., hotel) to the Public Art location you wish to visit.