520 Sargent Avenue
Location: SW corner Sargent & Young; East Face
Occupant: T & M Convenience
District: West End
Artist(s): Antoinette Baquiran, Rachel Goossen
Sponsors: West End BIZ, Herc Rentals, Take Pride Winnipeg!, Dulux Paints
Painters: Wall donated by Unger Management
Artists Antoinette Baquiran and Rachel Goossen: "Common
Ground" is an earth toned Mural that imitates aspects of the Canadian landscape
and represents the diverse cultural backgrounds present in Winnipeg's West End. The
graphic arts inspired style of the Mural utilizes flat animated images that illustrate a
number of playful animals and plants originating from a variety of continents. For
example, the giraffe above the horizon is inspired by the Canadian-African community
who have made their home in the West End, and the parrot is representative of the South
"Each animal and plant originates from a diverse part of the world, but come together in
this place to illustrate the idea of meeting as one community within a new landscape. This
landscape includes images of water, rocks, rolling hills, prairie and marshlands, which are
all native habitats across Canada. Ultimately, Common Ground symbolically represents
the gathering of newcomers and long-time residence of the West End which consider
Canada their home."
"We would like to extend our thanks to Travis & Stef along with their welcoming staff of
Five Stone Inc. We would also like to thank Dulux & Take Pride Winnipeg for providing
us with all of our paint, as well as Hertz for equipping us with scaffolding, and finally a
big thanks goes out to The West End Biz for giving us the opportunity to fill the role of
being Mural Mentors."
"Being a Mural Mentor has been a rewarding, educating, and eye-opening experience for
the both of us. It has taught us to be patient, to wear sunscreen, and how to persevere
through the heat of July and August. Aside from super-hot heat, we were able to practice
our design skills, painting technique, and collaborating with others like the children that
helped with this mural. So we also want to give a quick shout out to the youth that took
part. Big thanks to Central Park Childcare, Sister Macnamara Boys and Girls Club,
NEEDS, IRCOM, and Gina and her children- you guys did great and we couldn't ask for
"Through the Mural Mentor program, we are grateful that we have had the opportunity to
create two murals in this neighbourhood. For both of our murals we wanted to bring light
to the rich culture the of the West end neighbourhood which is evident from passerbyers
that would encourage us through giving us a 'thumbs up' or a "good job!" every day.
These people have narrated the story of Common Ground."
Joe Kornelsen (ED, West End BIZ): "The Mural, Common Ground, was created with help from over 50 young people from the neighbourhood! The graphic arts-inspired Mural features playful animals and plants originating from regions around the world. The animated images pop out of an earth-toned backdrop pulling from aspects of our Canadian landscape. The Mural illustrates the idea of meeting as one community within a new landscape."
To view the Justin Luschinski piece on this project for the Canstar Metro, click