Community Murals to Unite Canada
In 2017, Canada will turn 150 years old. It is a country that has welcomed the world through its borders.
To celebrate this birthday, the Mural Mosaic team is launching a bold undertaking. Over a two year span, the trio plan to create a mural including all provinces and territories, over 80,000 paintings and 150 individual murals that when united will form one gigantic mural mosaic. The mural, if ever connected would be over 365 meters wide (4 football fields) x 2.5 meters high (8 feet).
The mural will represent a cultural mosaic, a time capsule, a visual portrayal of history, an art masterpiece from the soul of the nation. An art piece that fifty years from now, may inspire another generation, who will in turn be able to celebrate through the mural, and maybe take it upon themselves to add to this memory.
Like the first settlers to come to the country, this project is full of ambition, adventure and the desire to trail blaze into new exciting frontiers. It will also face great challenges and obstacles. But, if history proves itself correctly, the trio of art explorers, Lewis Lavoie, Paul Lavoie and Phil Alain will find their way and en route will meet up with like-minded art explorers and something remarkable will be born.
Each province and territory will have only 5-15 individual communities who will be selected to represent the province and the nation. Each community will host an event inviting participants from far and wide from their region to participate and create their own community mural, which will then connect to the nation.
Upon the completion of the entire Canada 150 Mosaic, each community mural will reside in the town or city where it was created as a reminder of the 150th anniversary, and the pride of the community and the nation.
Join Us in Celebrating Canada's 150th!
Invitation from Lewis Lavoie
What would a unified painting of Canada look like if it was painted by expressions of our people? As an artist, I am fascinated at the thought of what the final image will be when thousands of individual paintings, created by Canadians from coast to coast, are combined into one overall piece of art.
Not long after completing the first mosaic murals eleven years ago, it became apparent to us that these murals had the ability to involve practically anyone, from professional artist to “first timers”, from the very young to our senior citizens. No matter what their background everyone had one thing in common, they were part of a bigger picture. From the smallest of us to the most influential, we all part of a bigger story. To me, this is the sheer definition of what a community is. It seemed that overnight, communities began asking us to create murals.
Naturally, it came to me it would be incredible to create a mural that would connect our whole country. For years, I have been exploring what this would look like. Finally, the timing is perfect as Canada is about to celebrate 150 years.
I have chosen the train and railroad and feel it is the ultimate theme for connecting the murals. Railways played an integral role in the process of tying regions together. My vision is to do the same with these murals. All aboard!