Art & Culture
November 8, 2016

Want To Brighten Up Vancouver?

You could apply for a spot in the 2017 Mural Festival.

And if the US Election results don’t interest you, how about this muralishious bash on Nov 8.

Those interested in applying are invited to attend a video launch and info session hosted by the VMF team at the American (926 Main Street) on Tuesday (November 8). Doors to the event open at 6:30 p.m. A short video will be shown at 7, and an info session will follow. Guests are encouraged to stick around for SNAG, an alternative arts event that features live painting, which kicks off at 8 p.m.
Applications are now available and will be accepted through www.vancouvermuralfestival.com until January 30.

Thanks to the Georgia Straight.

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Under the Granville Bridge, on the north side.  A mural all about watery stuff and Granville Island. In a cute “inside muraldom’ moment, clearly this one was completed before Ocean Cement’s big silos were.  Extra props to those finding the dog in a life vest.

Attribution:   “Under the Bridge”, Artist Greg Davies.  Assisted by friends and members of the False Creek Yacht Club.

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An informal and temporary mural on construction hoarding at the Joyce-Collingwood Skytrain station during expansion.
The word “home” pulls this together, even as the whole thing vibrates with strong colours.  Along with iconic images from the makers, you’ll find a Boeing 737 with winglets, blackberry bushes, a dragon’s head, and lots of people doing everyday things.

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Ocean Cement plant on Granville Island — with murals, including truck.
Speaking of cement trucks and cement companies — here’s a great example of a responsible corporate citizen helping keep people safe through education.  Way to go, Lafarge.

Vancouver, British Columbia-June 7, 2016 – More than 11,500 bike riders who participated in the HUB’s Bike to Work week May 30-June 5th in Metro Vancouver benefited from Lafarge Canada Inc.’s event sponsorship and safety education.
Lafarge operates over 100 ready-mix concrete trucks which travel throughout Vancouver delivering to construction sites.  “We are highly conscious of the risk introduced when these large trucks travel in close proximity to cyclists.  Our drivers receive specific training to equip them with cautious driving behavior on urban streets.  Bike to Work week was an ideal opportunity for us to reach out to cyclists and build their awareness of our trucks and their blind spots, commented David Beaupré, VP, Ready-Mix for the Greater Vancouver Area.
At three of the Celebration Stations during the event, Lafarge had a concrete mixer truck with cones highlighting the large blind spots cyclists should avoid when riding.  In addition, Lafarge volunteers shared other useful tips such as the importance of planning routes, use of hand signals, and riding in a straight line.
“We were delighted to partner with Lafarge during Bike to Work Week to help spread important safety messaging,” said Laura Jane, the Director of Corporate Engagement and Events at HUB Cycling. “We also had record-breaking Bike to Work Week participation this spring and couldn’t have done it without the support of businesses like Lafarge.”


 
Lafarge’s support for Bike to Work Week included this team in HUB’s spring 2016 “Share the Road Challenge”, a travel contest between different modes.

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