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Portage and Main looking westwards. The SW (Scotiabank) and NW corners and barriers are clearly visible. Photo courtesy of Boris Kohut.


Occupant: Portage and Main Pedestrian Barriers

District: City Centre

Neighbourhood: Portage & Main

Artist(s): Jonato Dalayoan (unsigned)

Year: 2022

Sponsors: Downtown Winnipeg BIZ


Click here for the lovely Free Press piece for this important and inspired Project.

Jonato Dalayoan: "The Main Street and Portage Avenue Barrier Mural's goal was to add energy to the intersection, help to beautify our downtown area, be inclusive, and be considerate to commuters and our community."

"The word pulse was part of the inspiration for the design and refers to what we as a community all have in common. Whether rich or poor or different ethnicities, we all have the same colour blood, and we all have a pulse."

"The centre points of the design graphically radiate out from light to darker colours, creating a visual harmony. Inspiration for the Mural was also found through the merging or the coming and going of people in the intersection, which can be compared to the action of weaving. While finding inspiration in Cree, Metis, Filipino, Ukrainian, African and Norwegian woven patterns and textiles (see Photo 11), similarities in each pattern were noticed. A common thread so to speak! With that in mind, a unique pattern that incorporates simple geometric patterns was created. The goal was to create a design we can all be proud of and call our own Manitoba pattern. One culture made up of unique people."

"Thanks so much Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, stakeholders and people involved for believing in my vision. It was such an honour to have my design chosen for the intersection. I know there are mixed feeling about these structures, but while they are up we might as well look good. Ha. Plus I truly believe you can find potential and blessings in even the darkest corners. Either way while designing this piece I had all of us in mind. Not going to lie it was an intimidating task, but so happy it was well received and the message and concept was heard, felt and appreciated."

"Everyone has their 'barriers' to deal with, myself included being a Filipino Canadian, but I've learned it's not the barrier that's the issue, it's letting it stop you from achieving your goals that's the only issue. I'm still a work in progress but I'm learning to navigate through it all."

"Anyhow, I hope y'all dig it. When creating this piece, I really had the people in our province at heart and also all the young Filipino kids out there including my own. Growing up as a striving Filipino artist, I didn't get to see too many people that look like me have opportunities like this one, so I don't take it for granted and understand my responsibility to our future leaders. Know that I have you all in mind when I create these pieces. All my work is OURS."

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