Photo by May Shi @mmayshi
Artist(s): Troy Lovegates


Completed: 2019

What Lovegates finds most unique about Calgary is that all the positive efforts moving it towards the physical and visual innovation required for a prosperous future, draw heavily and authentically from that which has always been there. Whether it be its beautiful heritage buildings, continual innovation and advancement of the agricultural industry or as a beloved destination for outdoor activities and bustling events, Calgary continues to cultivate the richness of its founding pillars and dynamically grows from there.

Lovegates’ artistic intention would be to capture this human frequency, building from that which is already present, capturing both its cozy nostalgia as well as its warm welcoming present. Through visiting and observing Calgary’s built and natural surfaces and pulling unique threads that weave throughout this special city, Lovegates would create a beautifully intricate pattern representative of this thread for the mural background with a familiar portrait in the foreground.

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

Freehand painting of a six-story-high, whimsical mural on 17th Avenue. It depicts the personal baggage of how an average person lives with everyday.

Where to Find This Mural

Location: 591 17 AVE SW T2S 0B4, CALGARY, ALBERTA Get Directions