555 Ellice Avenue (2)
'Connected By Play'
The 2016 Mural Mentor Project.
Location: NW corner Ellice & Langside; East Face
Occupant: Ellice Place
District: West End
Artist(s): Kadi Badiou
Sponsors: Winnipeg Development Agreement, West End BIZ, Manitoba Housing
Painters: A complete list of painters can be found in Photo 4.
Kadi Badiou: "Games are an important part of all cultures and are one of the oldest forms
of human interaction. They can be used as teaching tools to pass history and the
worldviews of their culture from generation to generation."
"I researched the different countries that the residents of the West End were from and
then found out what native or popular games were played there. I found many
commonalities in games played between countries and a lot that are played worldwide
but just have different names. The games played worldwide that I included are checkers,
dominoes, spinning top, jacks, tic-tac-toe, and marbles."
"More specifically I included Sipa, which is a traditional native sport from the
Philippines which involves a rattan woven ball and is played similarly to hacky sack.
Mancala is represented in the Mmural and is a 'count-and-capture' type game that is
played in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. It can be played with an old egg carton and
beans, holes dug into the ground and pebbles, or a carved wooden board. There are many
variations of the game. Plum Stones is a Metis game that is included in the Mural as well.
It is played with a woven basket and 5 game pieces that were traditionally made of plum
seeds. Three of the pieces are marked on one side and the other two have a star carved
into one side and a moon in the other. The pieces are tossed up using the basket and
different points are awarded for the combination of the way the seeds land."
"There is a 'score sheet' on the right side of the Mural where every person who
participated in painting the Mural got to sign their name. The hands represent children
playing these games and the view is from above as though from the perspective of the