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126 Cauchon Street    Location Map
  



Location: E side; last house on the block; garage at rear; East Face

Occupant: private residence

District: Fort Rouge

Neighbourhood: River-Osborne

Artist(s): Mike Valcourt

Year: 2011

 

Mike Valcourt: "There is a lot of graffiti in the area and this garage had graffiti on it. The idea the owner had was that she wanted some kind of nature wildlife thing."

"In certain areas of Winnipeg you will see dumpster divers in back lanes like this, and I thought to myself, 'who are nature's dumpster divers': the bear! I initially thought of a big black bear, but after looking at the scale of the wall I thought that would be too intimidating so I went with a baby bear. So the same effect is still there without the 'confrontation' element of a large bear."

"We have the pole at the left edge, so I really didn't want to put anything with a lot of detail, so that I wanted to open up the rest of the Mural when you're driving by. This is where I put the bear proof dumpster."

"We have the bear going through the garbage which is strewn about. You'll notice that it is all recyclable materials, so I wanted to emphasize that as well. I wanted to have that ecological message in there as well. It's fitting that this Mural is right beside dumpsters that people go through to pick out recyclable materials of value like cans and beer bottles."

"The owner and neighbours seem to like it!"