Having so much time around home in British Columbia these last months, we have discovered a lot of great gems that we had previously not paid attention to. How had we not noticed the Vancouver Mural Festival, now in its fifth year, until now? This year’s event was expanded into a three-week festival. From August 18 to September 7, over 60 murals were painted and unveiled in nine different neighbourhoods.
Driving around Vancouver we would spot some murals here and there, but we had never realized just how full of murals Vancouver has become. Or, how special and full of colour and inspiration those back alleys that we ignore would be. We never took the time to properly appreciate the art scene in Vancouver.
We took a day to drive around all over Vancouver with the Vancouver Mural Fest App to see how many murals we could find, until the kids got tired of driving around all day and constantly hopping in and out of the car. The app was a great way to find our way around as you could “favourite” the murals you wanted to see, sort by area, or theme. The app also included details about each piece; it was nice to know more detail about what the piece meant to the artist. The app seemed to also include murals from all years of the Vancouver Mural Fest as well, so we were not just limited to discovering the new 2020 ones.
There were a few murals that really spoke to us. Our favourite, hands down, was The Kraken. We particilarly loved the ship in a bottle detail. We also loved the deep meaning behind some, like those on the trash cans in Harbour Light Alley . The kids especially loved the mermaids and the dinosaurs (one from the 2018 Mural Festival). We also found Gastown’s Murals Of Gratitude collection to be very touching. The Murals Of Gratitude is an outdoor gallery that honours Canada’s healthcare heroes and showcases the plywood murals that were created by over 20 artists for the shops of Gastown earlier this year.
Take a look at some of the murals we found:
Vancouver is blessed with an incredible art scene. It was about time that we made the effort to set out to explore some of it. There were SO many murals to discover that it will definitely take another trip or two to adequately discover the rest of them.
Download the Vancouver Mural Festival App, and off you go! It will make you look at Vancouver in a whole new way after you do.
Where have you discovered some great murals?