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Exterior walls needed for community murals in Richmond

The murals will be completed in 2022
Richmond community mural program
The “Metamorphosis” mural by Tristesse Seeliger and Karen Yurkovich was completed in 2021 in partnership with Lehigh Hanson on Mitchell Island.

Richmond property owners with a blank exterior wall can now apply to have it decorated with a vibrant mural by a local artist.

Property owners, community organizations, stratas and non-profit organizations with an available exterior wall, “highly visible” to the general public, can now apply to the city’s second annual Community Mural Program.

The program matches successful applicants with a “pre-qualified artist” who will create the mural and manage the painting process, according to the city.

“This Public Art program continues to enhance public spaces around Richmond, foster community dialogue and engage local artists,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a statement.

The deadline to apply for the program is Monday, Sept. 20. Private, single-family properties are not eligible to apply. 

Selected applicants will be notified in early October, and the murals will be completed in 2022.

Recently completed murals include “Metamorphosis” by Karen Yurkovich and Tristesse Seeliger at the Lehigh Hanson facility on Mitchell Island, “Ladybug and the Sun” by Laura Kwok at West Richmond Community Centre and “McMath Mural” by Dean and Christina Lauzé at McMath Secondary.

Mat Kavanagh, environment manager of Lehigh Hanson, said in a statement that artists Yurkovich and Seeliger worked closely with them and the city to “showcase the past, present and future of Mitchell Island” through their large-scale mural, which was painted this year.

“This program was a great experience and we are lucky to have a lasting piece of art at our facility for everyone to enjoy,” he said.

More information about the Community Mural Program as well as the application form, can be found on the city’s website, by emailing publicart@richmond.ca or calling 604-247-4612.