1156 Main Street
Establishing shot of this lovely street scene by Annie Bergen. (In photo 2 the tree and hydro pole have been digitally removed).
Location: NW corner Main & Boyd; South Face
Occupant: Kobi's Auto/Scooter City
District: North End
Neighbourhood: St. John's-
Artist(s): Annie Bergen
Sponsors: Neighbourhoods Alive! (Manitoba), Take Pride Winnipeg!
In 2004, this new and funky wall appeared at the corner of Main and Boyd. Its creator,
Annie Bergen, is a promising young artist enrolled at the University of Winnipeg where
she is studying art history and art theory and plans to teach art in the school system.
Annie Bergen: "This Mural was a good experience! The artwork here was based on the second design
I submitted for this wall. The first design, which was rejected, was completely different-
a park scene with kids playing soccer and a playground. For my second design I went off
in a completely different direction which was influenced by the architectural courses I'm
taking. You can see a Greek influence with the caryatids in the left foreground. At the wall, as I
gained confidence I started to deviate from my original design and going off my own
inspiration and using whatever I felt like painting at the time and whatever colours I
wanted to see up there."
"This is a city of my own design. It's not really Winnipeg. The only Winnipeg element
present in the design is the image of the Golden Boy (at right). Also like Winnipeg, you
can see some 'Murals' within the Mural! There are lots of patios in
Winnipeg, so I included one here. I guess this scene is like my ideal city: there's no trash, it's
clean, uncluttered, and its buildings have character. There are elements of old and new
architecture here. There's a screen window right in the middle of the wall (see Photos 2
& 3), so I do the best I could do to incorporate it right into the design and conceal it
"The figures at the centre on their motor scooters were added as a tip-of-the-hat to the
client's business. The clients really seemed to like the wall. They were out there every
few hours with food and coffee for me. I was there for about six weeks, but there were a
lot of rainy days in that period. I had a chance to meet Winnipeg artist Peter Dumans who
was out biking and stopped by to visit. Peter and I had exchanged artwork through a
gallery exchange several years ago, but had never actually met in person before. Lots of other people
stopped by to visit and offer comments or a friendly greeting. I was a bit shy about it at first
as I had never painted outside before. The whole thing really was a great experience for me; and I really
hope to have more opportunities to paint more Murals in our city."