The City of Abbotsford is inviting the public to help create a mural that will include artworks from thousands of people across the country.
The Canada 150 Mural Mosaic Project aims to celebrate the country’s 150th birthday by using 80,000 different paintings to create larger individual murals from 150 different communities.
All the artwork will be joined together digitally to form one massive virtual mural mosaic.
Abbotsford residents will be able to paint approximately 400 of the mosaic tiles at various events from May to July, to represent Abbotsford.
“We are very excited to be a part of this great project commemorating our nation’s 150th birthday,” said Mayor Henry Braun. “This is a great opportunity for Abbotsford residents to come together and create a piece of public art that represents our unique community and leaves a lasting legacy for future generations to enjoy.”
Opportunities to participate in painting tiles for Abbotsford’s mural will be made available to the public through local secondary schools, fine arts programs and the Abbotsford Arts Council.
The Reach Gallery Museum will also host tile painting opportunities at their Sunday Family Art and C3-Culture, Coffee, Cookies events, their Summer Camp programs, and during the Abbotsford Canada Day Family Festival at Rotary Stadium on July 1.
Artists from Canada 150 Mural Mosaic will be on site to facilitate public paintings on July, during the 2016 BC Summer Games.
Upon completion, the mural will be displayed in the atrium of the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium to preserve Abbotsford’s legacy and commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday.
More information about the project can be found at canada150mosaic.com.