Most busy construction sites look more like war zones rather than something that’s being created.
But the City of the Arts would have none of that when it comes to work on the Evergreen Line.
On Friday, The City of Port Moody unveiled a 400-plus foot art mural at the corner of Douglas and Clarke streets that runs along a fence of the construction staging area for the rapid transit line.
The eight feet by 448-foot vinyl mural is a result of collaboration between the Evergreen Project Team and the Port Moody Public Art Liaison Committee.
The mural, which is made up of 14 panels, each 32 feet in length, depicts everything from animals and performing characters to historical figures important to Port Moody.
Tri-Cities artist David Pacholko said he wanted to have some fun and make the mural as colourful as possible.
“It was a huge undertaking, so it was a lot of fun,” he told the Tri-Cities NOW.
Pacholoko, who was also behind the illustration on a city recycling truck, said he hopes people will stop and take the time to view the mural.
“I think it’s great, I think we should do more of it in the city,” he said, adding each mural took about 10 to 20 hours to complete.
Besides adding colour to the busy stretch of road, the mural is the longest continuous art piece in the province.
Originally, the plan was to put up a chain-link fence around the construction yard.
Coun. Gerry Nuttall, who sits on the art committee, said the group wanted a way to get the public engaged in the Evergreen project and to see something good come out of it rather than a pile of construction material.
“We decided we’d like to do something fun for the public,” he said.
And following the unveiling, Nuttall was pleased with final product.
“I love it,” he said.
The piece cost $18,000, which was paid for by the Evergreen project, and will be left up until 2016 when the line is complete.
And since the artwork is on vinyl and not painted on the wood, Nuttall noted the panels will be saved and can be used for future city events.
“This isn’t temporary art, it’s going to be here for a long, long time,” he said.
While a public piece of art in a busy location could always be tempting for vandals, Nuttall is confident the murals will be left alone.
He suggested generally in Port Moody, taggers tend to stay away from art.
But if someone does decide to ruin the work, Nuttall pointed out the panel can just be replaced with another copy at a much cheaper price than if it needed to be repainted.
The city is also offering a contest to go along with the art project.
To learn more about the mural and the contest go to www.portmoody.ca.
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