Artist(s): Dan Sawatzky (assisted by Peter Sawatzky)

The Spirit of Chemainus

Mural Routes Member(s): Chemainus Festival of Murals Society Completed: 1991

Dimensions: 4.57m x 4.57m (15’ x 15’)

Best Viewed: Across the street from Pacific Shores in on Laurel Lane.

“Historical Series #27: The Spirit of Chemainus”

Hints of the pristine coastline, heavily treed and dripping green, peep out from behind a glimmering impressionistic image of the brigantine Spirit of Chemainus. The suggestion of activity on the deck, with five faceless figures, symbolizes an earlier time when such vessels were commonly seen in Chemainus Bay, and indeed all along the coast of BC.

This sailing ship was built and launched in Chemainus in 1985 as an offshoot of, and a tribute to, the original Chemainus Festival of Murals.

Constructed by master shipwrights, the fine lines and textured surfaces of the ship are captured in the muted colours of the mural.

(Please drop by the Chemainus Visitors Centre to buy your Official Mural Guide. Proceeds from the sale go to the Chemainus Festival of Murals Society).

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Where to Find This Mural

Location: 9847 Willow St, Chemainus, BC V0R 1K0, Canada Get Directions