653 Sargent Avenue
The owners of this company are Portugese, but since Portugal has already been a theme for 2 different West End Murals, they decided on the theme of Trinidad and Tobago and its capital, Port of Spain.
Location: NE corner Sargent & Agnes; South Face
Occupant: Murray Tent & Awning
District: West End
Neighbourhood: Daniel McIntyre
Artist(s): Ian August, Andy Bart
Sponsors: West End BIZ
Port of Spain is the capital of Trinidad and Tobago. This Mural falls under
the West End BIZ's theme of heritage and culture.
It was done in a different style than other Murals as you can see by the
more impressionistic painting style.
Along the side of the Mural is the Chaconia, which is the national flower.
A traditional market is found in the central part of the market. Some of the
faces may depict the Indian, Chinese, and Caribbean ethnicities of Trinidad
On the right of the mural is the islands' crest, which has the Scarlet Ibis
(Flamingo) on the left and the Cocrico (tropical pheasant) on the right. If
you look closely you will see 2 hummingbirds, which are plentiful on the
islands. The three ships represent the Trinity and Columbus.
Source: West End BIZ Mural Tour notes
Ian August: "While we were painting this one, there was a guy that rode by sometimes on
his bike with a little white dog on his jacket. He was telling us 'this dog's famous!-
everyone in the area knows this dog. His name's Fluffy.' We told him that maybe we'd
put Fluffy in the Mural. Well from that time on, he'd come by every day and ask 'it
Fluffy in there yet?' Until one day when he came by and we watched him and waited,
and then he says 'there he is!' He was really excited. One of the guys in the market
scene is holding Fluffy."
"The print image reference we were using that we received from the client was somewhat
bleached from being in the sun and the image was fading. They liked the awning in the
market scene because they are a tent and awning company. Someone stopped by and told
us that the crest we used was an old crest, a symbol of their colonization; but also that no
one would have a problem with that, as it was just so great to have a Mural with Trinidad
and Tobago as it's theme. It was done late in the year and the weather wasn't that great."