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Burnside Heritage Mural by Frank Lewis & volunteers

Burnside Heritage Mural by Frank Lewis & volunteers
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Artwork DescriptionIn November 2005, the Burnside Gorge Community Association received a grant through the Community Public Art Program of the City of Victoria. Frank Lewis was commissioned to produce a mural showing scenes of the neighbourhood from its original people to those of today.Cloverdale Paint donated all the paint.
Artwork StatementBecause the mural was designed to be painted by volunteers of varying artistic abilities, the maquette was produced using cut out paper to keep the shapes simple and provide big blocks of colour to paint. Although the subject matter is historical, the emphasis in the design is on bright colour, a spirit of fun, whimsy, and welcome - the presentation of a good place to be.

About Frank Lewis & volunteers

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 dateAugust 30, 2006
DimensionsOne wall is 136' x 21' and the other is 120' x 21' or over 5,000 square feet in total.
Reference #3756
SiteThe mural is on the walls of a tunnel under Burnside Road on the Galloping Goose Trail in Cecelia Ravine Park.
Art CategoryCommunity Public Art
Selection ProcessCivic: Invitational / Commissioned
Municipality/NeighbourhoodVictoria: East Burnside-Gorge



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