Photo by May Shi @mmayshi
Bird standing on a Sun-like object with leaves and abstract strokes of colour in the background.
Artist(s): Bruno Canadien


Completed: 2023

“This design is rooted in my painting practice, meshing the floral imagery that reference my Dene heritage, with an original image of the Evening Grosbeak, a local bird, to create a dynamic, fun and expressive artwork. The Evening Grosbeak is a splashy finch of northern coniferous forests and year-round resident of the foothills (I took the original photo myself at Brown-Lowery Provincial Park southwest of the city). The leaves, flowers and background colouring represent the natural environment, and hint at sunshine filtering through the trees. The bird is perched on a yellow circle representing the summer breeding season, or the circle of life, while the yellow center of the flower in the top left also represents the summer sun. The floral element might seem to be a simple design, but it is nevertheless a strong and recurring theme in Dene visual arts. Here, my intent is not to foreground my culture but to inform the work with the artist’s practice. At this stage, this digital concept is a vision only, and requires sizing to the exact dimensions of the building. The main foreground elements of design and colour theme would of course remain, and the background, applied using spray gun and wet brushes & rollers, will produce a similar gritty layered effect. The concept for the wrap-around walls to the right of the main wall is to continue this background layering with leaf motifs, allowing for and giving space to existing signage, and incorporating white and red into the wall with the sign.”

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Part of YYC Bump (Beltline Urban Murals Project)
Sponsored by TD Canada Trust

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Where to Find This Mural

Location: 223 8 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2P 1B9 Get Directions