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This Mural was commissioned to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Main Street Project.


Location: E side bet. Logan & Henry; South Face

Occupant: Main St. Project, Inc.

District: City Centre

Neighbourhood: South Point Douglas

Artist(s): Graffiti Art Programming/Graffiti Gallery, Richard Manoakeesick, Chad Reeves

Year: 2002

Sponsors: Graffiti Art Programming

 

Steve Wilson: "The Main Street Project wanted to celebrate their 30th anniversary. The Main Street Project is an institution in this neighbourhood and they do a lot of good work in conjunction with the Salvation Army, Aboriginal Centre and Thunderbird House. They commissioned two of our artists, Richard Manoakeesick and Chad Reeves to do this Mural. It depicts Main Street where the Main Street Project originated, out of the place named Jacks. Included in the scene are painted some of the people involved in founding the Main Street Project."

"We had to hurry a bit to complete it because they wanted in time for their annual meeting. Right in the parking lot, they had their annual meeting and the unveiling and dedication of the Mural and their 25th anniversary celebrations. It was a little bit tricky to paint because the wheelchair ramp is right there and we had to maintain a constant access to the building because many of the Main Street Project clients are in wheelchairs."

"Another thing that the client wanted to show all the partners in their success; so you'll see an ambulance (they really work close with the ambulance service); you'll see a police car (the police manage the overnight holding facility); and also you'll see the Main Street Project Van. The Main Street Project sends out a Van every single night and just looks for people who are in distress."

"This was the first time I got to meet Mr. Magnus Eliason, an influential man in this city who has do a lot of kind work in the community. He serves on the Main Street Project board, and there's a community center on Langside named after him. He was present and involved with our discussions on concept and design and it was quite an honour to meet him."