Photo by May Shi @mmayshi
Blue and gold macaw side portrait merging with abstract flowers, shapes, and geometric patterns.
Artist(s): Toner


Completed: 2020

“During the concept stage for this mural, I considered the linear nature of the wall itself, it’s location and some additional feedback I received from the property owner. Some of the symbolism / meaning behind this design: In the ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui the parrot is a powerful symbol of opportunity and the bearer of good news. It draws positive energy while keeping away the negative. Many types of parrots have feathers that represent the colors of the elements of life, fire, water and the sun. Traditionally parrots, and other birds, symbolized freedom and long life. A parallel is often drawn between a bird and the life experience and wisdom that comes with old age. Macaws specifically popular as companion parrots. Through these difficult and uncertain times it seems we could all use a companion. Flowers and foliage around the parrot mimic Fusion Sushi logo / colour scheme, without being too direct of a promotion for the business and while helping the overall flow of the design and addressing negative space balance. I also added a few graphic elements to this design that I often use in my other works They too help with balance / flow of the mural and create some interesting photo opps. I believe my creative expression is at its best when I incorporate a series of unique and disparate styles; though I include elements of meaning that are important to me, the work is inclusive, and is open for the viewer’s interpretation. It is a mixture of various approaches not bound by traditional stylistic principles. It’s an attempt to reconcile my own unique take on a broad range of topics, while simultaneously connecting with new audiences. My art is iterative in nature, yet it is part of the same journey and a constant pursuit of bettering myself as an artist and as a person.”

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Part of YYC BUMP (Beltline Urban Murals Project)
Funded by TD Canada Trust

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Where to Find This Mural

Location: 1137 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 0B6 Get Directions