VANCOUVER MURAL FESTIVAL 2017

Headlining today’s post … Dance the dance my girl by Irving Cano

Last week, Charm City Streets spent several days exploring the streets and alleyways of Vancouver, British Columbia photographing the artwork created during the recent Vancouver Mural Festival.

The art scene in Vancouver is energetic and enthusiastic. This year’s roster of 50+ local, regional, and international artists featured a number of indigenous artists thereby honoring and enriching the area’s cultural heritage.

Charm City Street’s photo tour of the 2017 Vancouver Mural Festival begins on Broadway and Main Street in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood.

Laser eyes – Will Phillips for the Vancouver Mural Festival

Collage – Marat Morik for the Vancouver Mural Festival

Fierce like tigers (detail) – Sandeep Johal for the Vancouver Mural Festival

Stay yummy – Brother Jopa for the Vancouver Mural Festival

Befriend your demons – this alligator by Priscilla Yu for the Vancouver Mural Festival also recommends one Stay Yummy

Summer fun – Francis Tiffany for the Vancouver Mural Festival

Sunglasses – wrkless for the Vancouver Mural Festival

Mother goddess – wrkless for the Vancouver Mural Festival

Luxurious Dreamscape Bubblebath – David Ullock and Douglas Nhung for the Vancouver Mural Festival

Eagle opens up – Paul Windsor and Jeska Slater for the Vancouver Mural Festival

Studio view – Andy Dixon for the Vancouver Mural Festival

Studio view (detail) – Andy Dixon for the Vancouver Mural Festival

Stellars jay – Carrielynn Victor for the Vancouver Mural Festival

Holograph – Jane Cheng for the Vancouver Mural Festival

Wild ride – Carson Ting for the Vancouver Mural Festival

Wild ride – Carson Ting for the Vancouver Mural Festival

Pestilence – Derek Edenshaw for the Vancouver Mural Festival

Berries and blue vines – Jill Stanton for the Vancouver Mural Festival

Abstraction (detail) – Andrew Tavukciyan for the Vancouver Mural Festival

GHIA Tree – the GHIA Collective for the Vancouver Mural Festival

On the corner of 4th Avenue and Main Street there is a striking collaboration entitled Lady Mermaids by artists Amanda Smart, Bronwyn Schuster, Lani Imre, and Tia Rambaran:

Mermaid – Tia Rambaran for the Vancouver Mural Festival

Seal-maid – Bronwyn Schuster for the Vancouver Mural Festival

Octo-maid – Amanda Smart for the Vancouver Mural Festival

Lady Mermaid – Lani Imre for the Vancouver Mural Festival

Along 3rd Avenue, in the alley parallel to Main Street, is a stunning collaboration entitled Dance the dance my girl by renowned Mexican artist Irving Cano and Ari de la Mora.

Guitarist – Dance the dance my girl 

Ari de la Mora for the Vancouver Mural Festival

Saxophone – Irving Cano for the Vancouver Mural Festival

You will find three new striking large scale murals in the Strathcona neighborhood – including an abstract piece by the Spanish artist Mur0 who painted this spring at Pow!Wow! DC 2017:
number of dope graffiti writers also participated in this year’s mural festival:

Chrysanthemum – Stace Forand for the Vancouver Mural Festival

 

 

Egyptian goddess – Lauren Brevner for the Vancouver Mural Festival

Abstract – Mur0 for the Vancouver Mural Festival

A number of dope graffiti writers also participated in this year’s mural festival:

Jnaste – @j_nasty808 for the Vancouver Mural Festival

Crums – @json_waterfalls for the Vancouver Mural Festival

Arise – Hit the Quan at the Vancouver Mural Festival

Siloh – at the Vancouver Mural Festival

Naks – at the Vancouver Mural Festival

The prolific number of overhead wires for Vancouver’s remarkable public transit system, traffic signals, and electric current transmission present a challenge to capturing an unobstructed view of a number of key large scale murals. For example, here you see the numerous obstacles blocking the spectacular collaboration The Present is a Gift created by Drew Young and Jay Senetchko last year. In an attempt to get a clear shot, I asked permission to climb atop a restaurant’s rooftop and to enter a high-rise building under construction. Both requests were politely denied. Thus, I was forced to get creative. I stood atop a wall and carefully stretched my camera through barbed wire to capture Drew Young’s mural. Next, I stood on a garbage can to create a straight-on image of Jay Senetchko’s mural. I judged this initial image to be too ordinary, so the next day I returned, evaluated several angles of view, and discovered the reflection provided the extra visual pop for which I was looking.

The present is a gift – Jay Senetchko and Drew Young for the Vancouver Mural Festival 2016

The present – by Jay Senetchko for the Vancouver Mural Festival 2016

Is a gift – Drew Young for the Vancouver Mural Festival 2016

You can find more information about the Vancouver Mural Festival here.

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