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Bridging by Frank Lewis

Bridging by Frank Lewis
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Artwork DescriptionThe mural shows the beginning of community: two people reaching out to each other. There are elements of yin and yang, night and day, earth and sky, man and woman, the sun and the moon. The mural was unveiled at the Annual Selkirk Trestle Party. Paint was donated by General Paint. The original art was presented to the City of Victoria.
Artwork StatementThe Burnside Gorge Community Association sponsored a public mural for the underside arch of the Gorge Road Bridge over the Galloping Goose Trail in Cecelia Ravine Park. It was to involve the community in beautifying the park and to deter graffiti artists.

About Frank Lewis

DatesDecember 21, 1932 in Winnipeg, MB
Artist BioFrank Lewis moved from Winnipeg to Victoria when he was 13 years old, graduating from Oak Bay High School in 1952. He studied for four years at the Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design) learning from such artists as Jack Shadbolt, Gordon Smith, Arthur Erickson and Donald Jarvis. Lewis has painted murals in many places since he produced the first two in Chemainus in 1982. Among them are Vancouver's 100th anniversary mural on the wall of the Maritime Museum, Peacock's Billiards in Victoria, the XV Commonwealth Games Mural in Victoria, a Heritage Townscape mural in Kenora, Ontario and one for the entrance hall of the Canadian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He has done several for the City of Victoria.His work also appears on canvases in many homes in Canada and the United States.
Artist ResumeVancouver School of Art


Artwork TypeMural
MediumExterior acrylic latex paint, museum finish for protection
Unveiled dateSeptember 20, 1997
DimensionsThe mural is 5,000 square feet. Fifty feet along the base and 100 feet of arch.
Reference #3755
SiteUnderside of Gorge Road, Cecelia Ravine Park.
Art CategoryCommunity Public Art
Selection ProcessCivic: Invitational / Commissioned
Municipality/NeighbourhoodVictoria: East Burnside-Gorge



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