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'Land in Motion'

Location: E side bet. Wolseley & Westminster; North and West Face

Occupant: Decadence Chocolates (formerly Precision Camera Repair)

District: West End

Neighbourhood: West Broadway

Artist(s): Michel Saint Hilaire

Year: 2011

Sponsors: West Broadway BIZ

Painters: Dedication: 'In Memory of Dan'


Michel St. Hilaire has released the following commentary on his wall:

A Mural as Art! I have had many chances to converse with friends, and the public about what this means to me and so I thought I'd send a description to you as well, so you are not left in the dark when looking at this Mural.

This Mural has a very different feel than most of the Winnipeg Murals. The West Broadway Biz has put forward a mandate that allowed me to create a painting that is more less derived from my own artistic vision. A big respectable thank you goes also to the owners of Precision Camera and Repair, without your support this obviously would not have been possible.

The Title of the Mural is "Land in motion", it is a look at how our landscape is for ever changed around us with the birth and migration to urban landscapes. We don't have to go far in our province to see these effects. I also wanted to convey some unhealthy qualities that science and humanity bring when creating their world. Some of the Mural traits demonstrate somewhat of a toxicity that is present in the environment, symbolized by the interlacing of the linear patterns, odd geometric shapes and odd colours that form in the skies. This can describe many modern attributes, such as the chemicals in our environment, the noise, the lights... Yet you can also get a sense of a harmony that is unfolding within these same geometric shapes, as we move forward on the landscape.

This is most evident when looking at the back of the building, where I've painted an aerial view of a cityscape. The wide range of coloured twinkling lights at dusk almost seem magical. This is perhaps one of the positive sides of the illustration, showing the beauty that we can accomplish we connect.

It is important for me as an artist to convey a simple message within my work, of negative and positive attributes, to assure that my paintings have a discussion with my viewers and to also leave the viewer open to his or her own interpretations.

I am so happy to have had this chance to contribute to the beautifying of our neighbourhood in this way. We have brought a touch of dignity to the area and have set a new path for the future which I believe coincides well with the changes that are occurring in the community.

Thank you so much for this opportunity.