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349 Portage Avenue (Transit Box)    Location Map

"Winnipeg Free Press"
One of 7 Transit controller boxes in 2008 commissioned by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ for public art. In this split screen image all 4 sides of the box may be viewed.

Location: N side bet. Hargrave & Carlton; Transit Controller Box in front of Air Canada Park

Occupant: Transit Controller Box

District: City Centre

Neighbourhood: Portage-Ellice

Artist(s): Sarah Collard (Collard Creations)

Year: 2008

Sponsors: Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, Take Pride Winnipeg!


Transit Controller Box, 4 sides, wrap around mural, Oct 2008
One Shot Enamel, oil based, on metal, Bull's Eye Primer
26" x 70", 49" x 70" cube
l-r: Portage Avenue, Winnipeg Free Press Building, 2008; Portage Avenue at Silver Heights, circa 1900; Portage Avenue, East from Hargrave, circa 1915.

Sarah Collard: "This composition shows progression through the years and focuses on the development of the newspaper. A young man holds several papers to be delivered, a familiar sight in town. The old Free Press building on the corner of Carleton and Portage is kept in its original condition behind a row of trees."

"Winnipeg Free Press employees went on strike while I was painting this Mural which made it newsworthy on the breaking news section of the website for the Free Press. Each transit Mural design I did was specifically for its location near a building that it relates to, this one in particular. Some of the archival photographs (referenced from Manitoba Archives) used were of a young man riding a bicycle on Portage Avenue at Silver Heights in 1900, Portage Avenue looking east from Hargrave St. in 1915 which is a wrap on 2 sides and can be seen from traffic traveling west and a contemporary photograph of the Winnipeg Free Press Building in 2008 which is on the inside facing the present day Free Press. The colours match the red brick and green trim and can be found throughout the rest of the Mural. This is particularly close to Portage Place food court and is outside the park of the Air Canada building. I enjoyed a sausage from an outdoor food stand on a sunny day. When I got interviewed it was when I was painting at this site. It was aired on CBC. It made for quite a story as you could see the picketers standing outside the Free Press."