52 Austin Street (2)
(Cree for Love Life)
80ft width 20ft height
1600 sq ft
Location: SW corner Austin & Higgins; rear; South Face
Occupant: Bunzy's Auto Body
District: City Centre
Neighbourhood: South Point Douglas
Artist(s): Peatr Thomas
Sponsors: Synonym Art Consultation, Graffiti Art Programming, Benjamin Moore Paints, United Rentals, Take Pride Winnipeg!, Dulux Paints, Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, Winnipeg Foundation
Painters: Donovan Spence, Dee Barsy
Peatr Thomas: "It is said in our culture that inside of us all there is a bad wolf and a good wolf, represented with
the black/white, shown in the symmetry of everything. The background scene is based in the wilderness, with
trees, water, wigwams, teepees and eagles in the sky. The wilderness/nature is where we can reconnect with
ourselves and spirit. Also representing life. The three red circles are to represent mind, body and spirit in a
person. They start on the ground mother earth because this is where we all come from starting on the molecular
level. The red lines emerging from the circles is our path in life, balancing the good (white) and bad (black).
Straight lines in the beginning representing childhood/ innocence. Life starts to take turns and bends as we
struggle through adulthood followed by us rending our straight path in life as we enter the years as an elder. The
bigger red circle on top in centre, is to represent our mind, body, and spirit in sync. The larger eagle in the centre
spans across the red lines, representing as a guide for us, as it is said that eagles carry our prayers to creator, also
representing love in the seven teachings, and it is what I believe will guide us into the right direction."
Click here to watch
Synonym Art Consultation's nifty YouTube video of the making of this Mural.
Peatr Thomas spent his childhood on both his mother and father's
Lake and Bloodvein Manitoba. Growing up practicing indigenous tradition and
it was his introduction to painting from an indigenous perspective from a young
Being a direct product from the residential schools his parents attended, it was
always easy. Peatr has had his shirt designs across Canada in chain stores, has
multiple video productions for organizations, curated art exhibits and conducted
art related programs for schools, community centres, and youth camps. Some of
been with the Winnipeg Art Gallery, including their exhibit 'Boarder X' with
taking part in
the floor Mural, ramp building/painting inside the gallery, and live painting on
guests. Along the way, he shares his traumatic experiences and how he has coped
them, and in turn truly living his dream everyday, with hopes that it will
youth to keep doing what they love.
Source: Wall-to-Wall Mural & Cultural Festival, 2019.