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Scott James is a recent graduate of the school.

Location: visible from W side Maryland bet. Portage & Broadway; East Face

Occupant: Gordon Bell High School

District: West End

Neighbourhood: Wolseley

Artist(s): Scott James (unsigned)

Year: 2001


Teresa Kuzyk (Art Teacher, Gordon Bell School): "Scott James was only 15 when he designed it. He was in the art course and one of my students. This was a big plain wall and we thought it could do with something nice on it! He was always doing a lot of extra drawing and he always worked very quickly with the assignments in class so I asked him if he would like to come up with a design for that wall. He did this entirely on his own time. A few different students submitted things, but his was the best."

"I thought the cityscape design he came up with was very appropriate given that we are a very downtown school. We're surrounded by concrete and we don't have much in terms of open field here. Plus, we USE the downtown a lot with trips to the Art Gallery and so on. So I thought this design was very appropriate. He plugged away at it: it took months to paint because of the scale and then we cut it all out. There was one other student also in Grade 10 (Lauren DesMarteaux) at the end that helped with the sky."

"This one is a bit unusual because most Murals are painted right onto the wall. This one was done indoors and mounted. What makes it even more distinctive is that it was shaped: the buildings have been cut out. So we have three layers: the flat wall, the skyline and the buildings. Originally they were going to be more in relief than they are now- they're in relief right now about 4 inches but because it's at street level we didn't want it sticking out any more than that. If we had mounted it higher on the wall then we could have had higher relief. When we hung it, we were very concerned about graffiti with it being at street level. But it's never been tagged which we're very happy about; so the artwork is being respected."

"The students here are interesting and take up unusual things like fencing and water polo. They're interesting kids and I love teaching them! And Scott was one of them. He went to the Caribbean to compete for fencing while he was here in high school. He finished his grade 12 and he's now attending University in Ontario somewhere. He came back to visit me recently; I think he's quite proud of the Mural!"