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Location: SE corner McPhillips & Mountain; North Face

Occupant: Seven-Eleven

District: North End

Neighbourhood: Burrows Central

Artist(s): Rachel O'Connor, Wayfinders Youth

Year: 2013

Sponsors: Take Pride Winnipeg!

Painters: Randy, Aqman, Tyler, Ravi, Maye, Debbie, Franet, Andrea, Christian, Nitika, Alex, Bea, Awit, Kiou, Janina, Merence, Carlyn, Jamie, Anjali, Chariria, Blaine, Choinpreet, Mary, Martin, Ronnie, Mitchelo, Macy, Geraldine, Jamie M., Jasmine, Meghan, Alson, Arunesh

 

Artist Rachel O'Connor has provided the following commentary on this Mural Project:

Winnipeg's North End contains a huge variety of different ethnicities, therefore, the Mural aims at celebrating the community's multiculturalism. Various international artworks, people and landscapes we used to represent different countries and continents from around the world. The Northern Lights, the Taj Mahal, a western Canadian totem pole, a monk, a cherry blossom tree (found throughout the world), African children, a Cambodian fishing landscape and a Mayan mask. All of these are put together in a bright, colorful composition and the result is a beautiful new Mural for the city of Winnipeg.

The Mural was designed and painted by Rachel O'Connor and over 30 staff and students from the Wayfinders program. Take Pride Winnipeg funded the project. One of the main goals of the Mural was to contain technical elements (to challenge students who already had artistic experience) as well as more simplistic elements (for students who wanted to try painting for the first time). Stencils were used for the totem pole, Taj Mahal, African kids and Mayan mask while the rest of the Mural was freehanded. Bright colors were used so that the Mural could stand out in the hectic Mountain Ave. and McPhillips intersection.

The youth from Wayfinders (a community based mentorship program that supports youth in their journey to high school graduation) painted the Mural over a 14 day period. In the end, the Mural is more than just a piece of art- it was an opportunity for youth to make their mark on the city; it creates a sense of pride and ownership over their community.