Photo by J Spinney
The side of a building is painted with the image of a young child, squatted close to the ground, holding string. There is a pile of rocks nearby.
Artist(s): Jacoba Niepoort

Rio Abajo Rio: The River Beneath the River

Completed: 2019

This mural was created by artist Jacoba Niepoort in 2019. The mural was funded by the Gritty to Pretty program offered through the Downtown Halifax Business Commission. This mural was inspired by Clarissa Pikola Estes’s interpretation of the folk tale “la llorona.”

Niepoort has traveled and painted widely. Her murals can be seen in Chile, Costa Rica, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Argentina, and more. More of her work can be found on Instagram @jacoba_niepoort and her website:

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Where to Find This Mural

Location: 1583 Hollis Street Halifax, NS B3J 1V3 Get Directions

Accessibility: This mural is located on the side of a building in downtown Halifax. It is best viewed from a distance, as there's a large empty lot next to it. Sidewalks in the area are paved but quite steep.