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34 MacDonald Avenue (1)    Location Map

This smaller Mural by Julia Wake of the Graffiti Gallery is one of a half dozen or more Murals whose locations are planned to be rotated (moved around).

Location: SE corner MacDonald and Waterfront (formerly May); West Face

Occupant: unmarked truck wash/storage shed for Canada Moving/United Van Lines

District: City Centre

Neighbourhood: South Point Douglas

Artist(s): Julia Wake, Graffiti Art Programming/Graffiti Gallery (unsigned)

Year: 2004

Sponsors: Canada Council for the Arts,, Rona Home & Garden, Graffiti Art Programming


This piece was rendered by Julia Wake, who, at the time of this project was completing a yearlong student program at the Gallery's Urban Canvas Project. She wanted to choose a scene which she felt would be appropriate for that area, and chose this one. She used a limited colour palette, and used photo references to help capture a realistic look and feel to the scene. She added the hydro poles and wires later, so that it would be 'less horizontal' and fill out the top half of the scene. This was a bigger scale canvas than she normally does; and she's not sure if she likes it as much as some of her smaller pieces.

Steve Wilson (Graffiti Gallery): "This is part of our 'Murals in Motion' series; a series of Murals on plywood that we can move around the neighbourhood. There are 8 Murals in all- all to be installed in the neighbourhood of Point Douglas. A group called Inner City Renovations is installing all the Murals for us. It's also a partnership with local businesses: They've each agreed to host a Mural; and they all approved all of the sketches in advance as being OK to host it on their wall. The theme of this project was art for art's sake. We weren't going to be painting fruit for the fruit market, trucks for the trucking company. It would be what the artist wanted to paint. There was a series of meetings with the business owners. Each business owner approved each of the 8 sketches and agreed that any one of the 8 would be fine on their wall."