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Public art brightens boarded-up storefronts in Vancouver’s Gastown neighbourhood

The murals created by local artists, both professional and amateur, honour healthcare workers and offer a hopeful perspective on the pandemic.
By: Alison Larabie Chase
May 13, 2020
Photo: Taehoon Kim/The Globe and Mail

Many businesses across the country have boarded up their windows while they are closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. In Vancouver, artists and store owners have begun to brighten up the drab wood panels by creating murals focused on “what’s in the news,” as framing shop owner Kim Briscoe puts it.

Some of the art honours public figures, such as doctors Theresa Tam and Bonnie Henry and health minister Patty Hajdu, while others offer thanks to respiratory therapists or inspirational messages like “smiles are contagious too.”

The participating artists, who range from professional muralists to medical professionals, students, and tattoo artists, believe strongly that public art is important to help keep people’s spirits up and ease the stress we are all feeling, while capturing the moments humanity is living through right now.

Source: The Globe and Mail

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