This Mural commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Holy Ghost School.
Location: N side Selkirk & Robinson 'T' intersection; East Face
Occupant: Holy Ghost School
District: North End
Neighbourhood: William Whyte
Artist(s): Richard Manoakeesick
Sponsors: Selkirk Avenue BIZ
Richard Manoakeesick: "Selkirk Ave. BIZ approached me about painting the Mural for the business owners
and they gave me pictures of what they wanted
on the Mural. The picture of the school on bottom is the way it looks now; and the
building above it was away the school looked back then. The adult at the top is my
portrait of the old Principal; the others are the kids that go there and the uniforms that
they wear. They used to have Nuns as teachers there, and that's why she is
"There are also doves and the releasing or letting go of doves which had significance for
them and they wished included in the scene. There are three doves. Their Coat of Arms
is also there."
"The way I start things is I look at my sketch and then look at the wall and try to plan out
where everything goes. I usually count the bricks when planning things and figuring out
how much room I've got. This one took me a month, but the main reason it took so long
is because I was busy with other things. In terms of man-hours, it took perhaps two
weeks or less. This one was like most of mine; spray gun, brush and rollers using latex
paint. The clients like it, and I've heard no complaints! I enjoyed painting it."
"One day I went for lunch and I left all my paint there. While I was gone, I guess some
little kids came and tried their hands at painting one of my little people on the wall! But
it was fixable, no great damage!"