The idea to create the community mural emerged when an Edmonton Transit Service peace officer who was tired of seeing graffiti on the pedway walls, brought the idea forward.
Members of Fair 4 Youth recently took a section of Valley Line Southeast LRT hoarding in the Churchill LRT pedway and brought it to life with a mural of modern interpretation of “the city and future harmony” from the view of four indigenous youth artists, Jonathon Cardinal, Mehkwan Lynch, Destry Roan and Dana Belcourt.
“It’s a way to show my Indigenous self from street poverty to future progress,” said artist Mehkwan Lynch. “I’m excited by the size of the project and our freedom of creativity on display in the public art.”
After graffiti issues emerged in Churchill, Transit Peace Officers approached the Fair 4 Youth organizations, iHuman, Youth Empowerment & Support Services, Boyle Street Education Centre, Old Strathcona Youth Society and Native Counselling Services of Alberta, to explore ways of solving the problem.
“We’re pleased to sponsor this creative work in support of youth artists,” said Andy Gillespie, TransEd Design-Build Project Director. “It is going to add wonderful vibrancy to the construction hoarding and provides a great opportunity to showcase local art.”
The mural will be completed over the next several days. Edmontonians are invited to stop by and enjoy the artwork.
Thrilled to see progress on this gorgeous mural in the tunnel linking @ECCMALL and #Churchill #LRT. Happy to give shout-outs to the four principal artists, all Indigenous youths: Jonathon (JCAT) Cardinal, Mehkwan Lynch, Destry Roan (Wanahae) and Dana Belcourt. #Fair4Youth pic.twitter.com/ljEwz8XJxu— EndPovertyYEG (@EndPovertyYEG) July 23, 2019