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Canada 150 Mosaic Mural Project

posted Aug 8, 2017, 11:34 AM by Kathy Carr
The Canada 150 Mo­saic project was launched in 2015 to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday in 2017. This initiative would see the production of 150 murals illustrating Canada's cultural and geo­graphical diversity across the nation, comprising of 80,000 paintings on 150 murals that when united will form one gigantic mural mosaic. If this mural was ever connected in one spot, it would be over 365 meters wide (approx. 4 football fields) by 2.5 meters high (8 feet). The mural will represent a cultural mosaic, a time capsul, and a visual portrayal of our history; in essence it will be an art masterpiece from the soul of our nation.  
As there are only 150 murals across the nation, each province has a select few locations that have been chosen to produce and display a mural within their community. The Carberry Plains Arts Council approached the selection committee in late 2016 and was selected as one of the Manitoba locations for this prestigious honour.
In the near future, our community will host an event inviting participants to create our own community mural, which will then connect to the nation. This will be a permanent reminder of the legacy of our area in respect to Canada's 150th birthday, as well as our connection to the greater whole, to all communities across Canada.
Communities in each province and territory across Canada will create sections of the overall mural that will connect Canada through art. Every participating city or town will create a section of the mural made up of 400-750 individual tiles that symbolize their community.
Each of these Com­mu­nity Mural sections will stand alone as a mural for that particular community. Then, each of these sections of the mural will become one of the many storybook pages within the overall mural to form the ultimate visual time capsule and create a legacy for a proud nation.
The Canada 150 team consults with each Com­munity to learn about important and interesting moments that define the community, its history, and its citizens to design key elements for its mural. 
The Carberry Plains Arts Council will be kicking off our campaign for this exciting project over Heritage Festival Weekend. Our mural will have 400 tiles, consisting of 4x4 inch panels that we will be selling off for you, as a community member, to paint when we have our event, or you can donate it to have someone else paint it on your behalf. This is a limited opportunity to be a part of history; leave your mark by creating a painting that represents your community. Each painting will be a story unto itself, that will then be­come a piece of a much bigger story.
The completed tiles created by the community are assembled into a large mural grid, magically transforming the paintings into a unified mosaic that will represent our community.
There are NO DIGITAL EFFECTS – the mural will be 100% hand painted, uniting to form another image.
Upon its completion, our mural will be permanently assembled and protected so it will stand as a legacy piece for decades to come – becoming a key piece of the Canada 150 Mosaic.
Stop by our booth at the Heritage Festival this coming Sa­turday for a visit, buy a tile, and be a part of history!

by Stuart Olmstead
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