I had a chance to visit a work-in-progress on George Street, earlier today. A group of young Inuit artists from Cape Dorset, Nunavut, are working on a giant mural in the ByWard Market… and it’s on an immense scale! The mural was made possible through the ‘Embassy of Imagination’, an arts organization run by artists Alexa Hatanaka and Patrick Thompson, who’ve been mentoring teenagers in the North to help bring their ideas to life. The mural is titled Tunnganarniq, which means “fostering good spirits, by being open, welcoming and inclusive.” At the centre of the work is a life-sized bowhead whale – some 6 car lengths to be exact! The young artists were inspired to paint it after hearing a story of a young whale that survived a harpoon attack. When the animal was finally captured, to the hunter’s surprise, a 100-year-old harpoon was discovered deep inside its body. The mural is part of a larger Canada 150 project produced by the Ottawa School of Art. If the weather cooperates, the official unveiling of the mural is set for July 16th at 87 George Street. Bravo!
Image Source: Steve Boyton (pictured cleaning her hands in a rain puddle – Christine Adamie, from Cape Dorset, Nunavut)