Photo by Daisy Wu
A brighly coloured scene with multicoloured hands that play different board games such as dominoes, tic tac toe, marbles, mancala, jacks and other games.
Artist(s): Kadi Badiou

Connected by Play

Completed: 2016

Artist’s Statement: “Games are an important part of all cultures and are one of the oldest forms of human interaction. They can be used as teaching tools to pass history and the worldviews of their culture from generation to generation. I researched the different countries that the residents of the West End were from and then found out what native or popular games were played there. I found many commonalities in games played between countries and a lot that are played worldwide but just have different names. The games played worldwide that I included are checkers, dominoes, spinning top, jacks, tic-tac-toe, and marbles. More specifically I included Sipa, which is a traditional native sport from the Philippines which involves a rattan woven ball and is played similarly to hacky sack. Mancala is represented in the mural and is a ‘count-and-capture’ type game that is played in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. It can be played with an old egg carton and beans, holes dug into the ground and pebbles, or a carved wooden board. There are many variations of the game. Plum Stones is a Metis game that is included in the Mural as well. It is played with a woven basket and 5 game pieces that were traditionally made of plum seeds. Three of the pieces are marked on one side and the other two have a star carved into one side and a moon in the other. The pieces are tossed up using the basket and different points are awarded for the combination of the way the seeds land. There is a ‘score sheet’ on the right side of the Mural where every person who participated in painting the Mural got to sign their name. The hands represent children playing these games and the view is from above as though from the perspective of the player.”

Sponsored by: Winnipeg Development Agreement, West End BIZ, Manitoba Housing

Where to Find This Mural

Location: 555 Ellice Ave Winnipeg MB R3B 3C4 Get Directions