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1041 Aberdeen Avenue    Location Map

Establishing shot.

Location: NE corner Aberdeen & Seargent Tommy Prince; South & West Face

Occupant: C & J Food Store

District: North End

Neighbourhood: Burrows Central

Artist(s): Mike Pagtakhan

Year: 2003


2014 Update: Due to deterioration of the surface and artwork, the West wall artwork (on the left in photo 1) was painted over.

Youth-Inspired. Anti-Graffiti. Culturally-friendly. Those are three key phrases that describe this Point Douglas Masterpiece. In the fight to prevent graffiti crime, City Councillor Mike Pagtakhan teamed up with a group of youth Muralists, (Mari Udarbe, Peter Chan, Easter Udarbe, Roxanne Magnaye, Richard Ramraj, Ricardo Damsel) to better the environment in the quiet neighbourhood of Aberdeen. Through rain, cold wind, hot sunshine and even language barriers, the team succesfully completed two unique Murals. The first Mural pertains to the image of a Korean sunset; carefully directed by Peter Chan, this was meant to cater to the owner's taste and cultural background. It was a reminder of their homeland, their heritage, their identity as they embark on a new life in a multi-cultural Canada. The second mural is similar to a caricature in which all the Muralists' individual talent and flavour is put into account in the end, creating a colourful and vibrant picture desperately needed to lift up the spirit of the residents, the owner, the youth, and most of all, the spirit of Point Douglas.

Our thanks go out to Councillor Mike Pagtakhan and his Intern Mari Udarbe for providing the notes above.