It’s not just any mural. It’s a nation-wide project. One that will connect 150 communities coast-to-coast.
Today, residents painted tiles at the Two Rivers Gallery. Prince George is one of the cities being featured in the Canada 150 Mosaic.
People in towns and cities between P.E.I. to Vancouver Island are creating murals that represents their communities. The murals are made of tiles that will form a picture of a stylized train car.
If each mosaic was put side-by-side, you would see one giant train. In total, the national mosaic will be made of about 100,000 individual tiles.
“We wanted to do something very significant to celebrate the anniversary of Canada for the big 150th,” says Phil Alain, Producer of the Canada 150 Mosaic. “We thought what better way to create an ultimate time capsule that will be forever immortalized in art! Literally we have had babies put their feet into the mural, we have had dogs put their paw prints into the mural. We have had celebrities like Jann Arden, Sarah Mclaughlin and Rick Mercer. We have had NHL hockey players like Ryan Smyth, Lanny McDonald and Len Hall. People just from all over the the country, all jumping on board to be part of the mural. We have had world-renowned artist all the way to people who have never painted before in their life. It’s really a true and inclusive project where it doesn’t matter your background, doesn’t matter where you are from. You are just able to leave a legacy for this country.”
Prince George will be home to the second largest mosaic in the country. It will hang in the Kin Centre atrium.