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.
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:
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.
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
A number of dope graffiti writers also participated in this year’s 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.
You can find more information about the Vancouver Mural Festival here.
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