Canada 150 Mosaic Project
This project started in February of 2016 and with the help of the community and our sponsors the Selkirk Journal & Government of Canada, our mural is now a reality.
The mural was completed on November 6th at the Selkirk Recreation Complex after the community came together to paint tiles and the Mural Mosaic team came to Selkirk to hold the workshops and assemble the mural.
We would like to thank those who took the time to submit ideas of what the “one iconic image” should be and for those that registered to paint a tile and leave their mark on this mural.
We would also like to thank Robin Jackson for her submission which lead us to the “iconic image” which is a tree with roots. Her submission came with this explanation:
- Roots being our ancestors and heritage, red river valley, Metis settlement
- Diverse community
- Something that instills strength and pride for our Children and Youth
- Something that helps young people know that they have a community surrounding them
“Trees must endure the most difficult weather and temperatures. Leaves fall but re-growth is possible”
Here is our completed mural
Gwen Fox Gallery Participants
City of Selkirk Participants
East Selkirk Middle School Participants
Community members painting at the workshop
The amazing Mural Mosaic team! Phil, Paul & Lewis
A little info on this project…..
In 2017, Canada will turn 150 years old. It’s a country that has welcomed the world through its borders. To celebrate this birthday, the Mural Mosaic team has launched a bold plan.
Selkirk is one of the 150 communities from across the country that was asked to take part in the Canada 150 Mosaic Project. The project will see 150 mosaic murals created across the country that represent Canada’s history. the three communities in Manitoba to participate are Selkirk, Portage La Prairie and Steinbach
The people of Selkirk and the surrounding areas worked together to create an 8×12-foot mural over the course of 2016.
Community members who signed up were invited to paint images (of their choice) on approximately 600 ceramic tiles (4×4” each) that were then joined together to create our mural. So, 600 little stories made up the one big iconic image.
Once all of the tiles were painted and the mural was assembled, it will was mounted, clear coated and photographed. The mural will be forever displayed in Selkirk and connected virtually to the other murals on Canada150Mosaic.com.
Permanent location of the mural is still yet to be determined but will go up around the time Canada celebrated its 150th birthday.
Follow the Canada 150 Mosaic Mural on Social Media to see the progress across other communities
This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.
Ce projet a été rendu possible en partie par le gouvernement du Canada.
Thank you to our media sponsor