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619 Portage Avenue    Location Map

'Power Play'
Photo courtesy of Mandy van Leeuwen.

Location: NW corner Portage & Furby; East Face

Occupant: Bee Wow Convenience Store

District: West End

Neighbourhood: Spence

Artist(s): Michel Saint Hilaire, Mandy van Leeuwen

Year: 2011

Sponsors: North American Lumber, Winnipeg Foundation, West End BIZ, Sigurdson Financial Group, Take Pride Winnipeg!


Artist Mandy van Leeuwen released the following written description of the Mural:

The image is a powerful depiction of Winnipeg's passion for and achievement in hockey, following a timeline from the childhood days of practice and dreams, through historic times and trophies, to the return of the NHL to our city. Beginning with a backyard rink view on a wintery day of a West End home, boys take part in the aspiration.

The foreground presents a victorious monument featuring the many achievements of Winnipeg's hockey greats, including Johnathan Toews and Bobby Hull. This blend of stone and gold was inspired by a Francois Rude sculpture- La Marseillaise. Other sections of the monument highlight major achievements of the Winnipeg Falcons, such as their Olympic Gold Medal win in 1920, and a rendering of its character holding the gold medal. Many trophies of Winnipeg's great hockey moments fused into the monument include The Allan Cup, Smythe Trophy, Avco Cup, and the Calder Cup. As with Olympism, Winnipeg's own Golden Boy tops the shrine with its brightly lit torch. Team logos such as the Winnipeg Jets and Manitoba Moose are interspersed throughout the golden fabric that flows through this profound sculpture. Sculpted female figures support scrolls of prolific players from Manitoba's hockey history.

A fan-filled arena illuminated with a spotlight on a major league hockey player posed in a scoring position symbolizes the return of the NHL to Winnipeg and the vision of every new player's dream.