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1819 Portage Avenue    Location Map
  



Location: NW corner Portage & Marjorie, East Face

Occupant: Underworld Scuba

District: St. James

Neighbourhood: King Edward

Artist(s): Julia Beveridge, Jennifer Johnson Mosienko (lead artist)

Year: 2019

Sponsors: St. James Village BIZ, Take Pride Winnipeg!, Herc Rentals

Painters: Assisted by mentees Maliki Bodnar and Morgan Biggs.

 

Jennifer Mosienko: "First and foremost is the 17 foot high giant orange octopus clutching a water bottle at Underworld Scuba, 1819 Portage Avenue. The tentacles also wrap around a life preserver with the statement 'Think Blue Go Green' encompassing the earth. An octopus was chosen for its full ability to adapt to its environment rather then to change it. The intention was to create a bright striking Mural in the heart of St. James with a strong environmental message. Becoming more aware of choosing to limit single use plastics and their impact on our water, oceans and environment was the primary message. The Mural also features a oceanic scene with Mother Nature or Gia, and a ship wreck. Mother Nature's hands are empty as she has no more to give after dealing with our human debris. In the center are 2 divers cleaning the ocean floor one piece of plastic or debris at a time- in turn illustrating that more individuals need to make steps forward and take action to preserve and protect our environment."