Last week I told you about that amazing pumpkin pie…yes I still think about how great it was. After pie, I mean coffee, my friend and I headed out on the streets of Edmonton to explore the murals that have been popping up all over the city. Our focus was to stay downtown. The range was 96 street to 113 street east-west, 107 Ave to 100 ave north-south. We drove because it would take us all day on foot and quite frankly, I would have been done by mural number four.
We made a list of 11 murals but saw 21 because there are more in Edmonton than located on Rust Magic’s website. I posted our list because I have had a lot of people message me about the locations since posting some images on Instagram.
I have to say a lot of these murals are in a rougher part of Edmonton. The Capital City Clean Up project’s focus is to bring art to the streets and clean up graffiti. You can read about that reason here. Not all of the murals are for that reason, but honestly, I don’t care about ‘why’, only happy its now a thing. We met some very interesting people along the way.
The first place we went to was the bottle depot.
We noticed First Nations and street art influences on the murals.
Next, we travelled here and met three women travelling around downtown also taking photos of the murals.
We parked across the street to take this photo and behind us overlooking Little Italy was this one:
While I was looking at this one, a man who lived in the area came to chat with us, asked for some coins and then told us to stay beautiful. More people need to end conversations with ‘Stay Beautiful’.
We travelled west to find the next spot.
We stood and looked at this one for a long time. There was a lot to take in. I wish I could read Russian, who can tell me what this mural says? Is that Bruce Lee? And tigers are underrated.
We were close to a few more so we walked a bit.
Do you think those sunflowers were an afterthought to clean up tags? Or were they part of the original piece? This is clearly First Nations but around the corner is an African piece.
This piece had me at the swirly sparkly bits (scientific name).
Across from that is the Scottish Highlands mural. Obviously, this is the Avenue of Nations.
Look at this detail, even the electrical outlet was painted at one point.
When we stopped to check out the mermaids, two fellows asked us if we were developers looking to put in a new condo or something on the casino land. Why can’t we leave things green? These fellows were great. We chatted a speculated with them for a bit.
The mermaids weren’t my thing, plus they seem super vain. But shout out to my former University in the background!
Over to Oliver for this classic wall shot. I made my friend pose for me. I like the custodian closet. But the easel was cool too.
Then we moved into the downtown core. Why are there red splotches are cartoon hands? Was there an explosion? Did Mickey Mouse do this? It was really orange – this photo doesn’t do it justice. Behind this wall was my favourite piece. It was layered with graffiti both intentional and new tags, plus the horses and angels were spectacular. I looked at this for a long time discovering new details.
Those horses, the muscle detail moved me.
Not my style at all. Male fantasy for everyone to see. If it had sound, it would be loud.
She haunts me. This mural is on the side of Chez Pierre. Chez Pierre is still open? Edmonton’s underbelly.
South of Jasper was the next series.
I liked this a lot. It reminded me of Mr. Doodle and his black sharpie work. Touch can make you feel better. It’s a lovely sentiment.
I took this through a chainlink fence. The slope made it trippy to find level. This is by the men’s hostel.
Then we crossed the road to find the Famous Five.
For the last part of the tour, we headed back to the Boyle Street area – we missed a few but honestly, we were fading.
This guy made me think of Guardians of the Galaxy and now that’s all I see. You’re welcome.
Over to iHuman for this piece:
Strawberry blossoms should be on everyone’s wall. Who can tell me what this Cree word says?
This is found at the Sally Ann.
Then finally we made it to the Armature and spotted this:
The combination of the mural and the ghost signs was amazing. I loved the detail in this and we stared at it for a long time too, but then I was cold and hungry and tired, so we called it a day. Tell me which mural was your favourite and if you have been to see it in person.
There are three other sections of murals I want to tour:
- Alberta Avenue
- Old Strathcona
- 124 Street
Perhaps I can persuade my pal to join me on further mural adventure. Take an afternoon and get out an explore Edmonton!