Photo by May Shi @mmayshi
Fusion of hare and tortoise. Left to right, tortoise is on first half and hare is right half.
Artist(s): ALFAFA (Nicolas Sanchez)

The Haretoise

Completed: 2020

This mural is an invitation to find your own speed, to walk at your own rhythm and pace. The mural is inspired by Aesop’s fable “The Hare and the Tortoise”, taking it as a starting point, but posing it as a non-oppositive duality- presenting it as a whole, or as two faces of the same coin.
Everyone needs to find their own speed to move. If you feel slow, respect your time and personal experience, never compare yourself to others and keep walking forwards. If you are gifted with speed, don’t waste it, keep moving forwards but also remember to appreciate the journey. The creature is called the Haretoise, using half and half of each animal’s names as the creature itself.

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Part of YYC Bump (Beltline Urban Murals Project)
Funded by TD Bank of Canada

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Where to Find This Mural

Location: 823 10 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2R 0B4 Get Directions