Kingston Row & Dunkirk Drive (2)
Fifteen years after the North Side of this underpass was painted, the Glenlawn/Riverview Girl Guides painted this Mural on the South Side.
Location: Kingston Row underpass; North Face
Occupant: St. Vital Bridge underpass
District: St. Vital
Neighbourhood: Earl Grey
Artist(s): Glenlawn/Riverview Girl Guides (unsigned)
Sponsors: Take Pride Winnipeg!, Girl Guides of Canada, United Way Winnipeg
Painters: Darlene, Jennifer, Jacqueline, Melissa, Nicole, Stephanie, Ashley, Michelle, Brenna, Samantha, Sasha, Jessica, Ally. Original sketch artists: Krissy, Ally, Melanie. Layout Artist: Melissa.
Darlene Daley (Guide Leader): "This underpass was ugly. The other side was nice with
the other Mural there, and this did not match at all. We thought that this whole project
would help the Guides in their goal of doing something for the community; and also for
them to learn leadership and how to work together and accomplish something together."
"United Way has a project called 'Youth Connections'. Only young people can work on
it, so we needed to have a committee of young people from ages 16-22. So the Guides
took them up on it, and learned how to apply for a grant. We thought of a Mural right
away, and drove around St. Vital and looked at a lot of walls. That's when we noticed
the underpass, and the contrast between the two sides of the underpass- the one side
looked so nice and the other side looked so sad! We felt this would be a good challenge
for us. It needed beautification. At the request of United Way, we surveyed the
neighbourhood to make sure that everyone would be in favour of having a new Mural
there. Take Pride Winnipeg was also in favour of us doing this- getting backing from the
"So we knew first where we were going to paint, but we didn't yet know what to paint or
how we were going to handle all of these underpass pillars. We ended up using the
pillars to divide our wall into seven scenes. We are Sparks, Brownies, Guides,
Pathfinders, Senior Branch, and Leaders, depending on the age level. So the panels
between every pair of pillars would represent that age group. I had the girls draw me
pictures of what each age group would do at camp. The Sparks are skipping, the
Brownies are flying kites, Guides are going on a hike, and so on. The submitted pictures
were of different sizes, so I gave them to one girl who had graduated 4 or 5 years ago,
and she make them all even and the correct perspective for the wall and blend them
together (photo 3)."
"We needed it cleaned, but there's no power there, so they came and pressure washed it
and painted it blue. The drawings were projected onto the wall at night. We needed a
gas generator, as there is no power there. One thing we learned about a project like this is
to talk to people, ask questions, and communicate that 'We need this, and that'. You'd be
surprised what word of mouth can do! A neighbour of one of the Guides loaned us his
generator that would have cost us 50 dollars or more to rent for the two nights. The same
was true of the projector."
"In the Pathfinders scene, they are in the rain, because the Pathfinder Group in our
district always seems to have rain when they go camping. There's a rainbow and the sun
is shining in one portion of it. Also, all first aid kits are generally white with the red
cross on them; but their particular kit in this Pathfinder kit is green; so they said 'we have
to have the green one on the Mural!' The Senior's Branch, which is my age group, we are
planting trees. In the Leaders scene, that's supposed to be me taking pictures of them! In
the middle, there's a campfire, which is common to all the groups; and all the different
age groups are in their different uniforms. This is the centre panel. The campfire scene
was fun to do because there's a door there (photo 4). Nobody knows what's behind the
door or where the key is, but there's no power or electrical there. The artwork conceals
the door quite well, but we made it so you could still see the latch should anyone need to
use that door."
"We painted the pillars first. We had fairly good weather for most of the time. It took
six days, about 200 hours of labour, during the last week in August. July was just too
hot. We had one day off in the middle in which we went out and bought paint. The girls
did their handprints and signed their initials. There were 15 painters in total; but the most
we had at any given time was 6. It depended on their schedules- several of the girls had
part time jobs. On the last day, I took them out to Bridge Drive In for ice cream."
"This project was a nice way of saying 'we are in Guiding- we are proud of what we do
and we want to show the community what we do; we recommend Guiding for young
women. We think it complements the other Mural quite well, particularly because they
are also outdoor scenes. The girls worked really hard because they wanted to see this
happen- it was a prideful thing for them to do."