As summer comes to an end, we are reflecting on some of the events and happenings that we experienced over the past couple months. One in particular that was very special to us was the Mural Festival!
Over the past few years numerous murals have been added to our community through the Track to the Future Mural Project. Over the past couple months, the project has continued and new artists have completed some beautiful works expanding our mural collection in St. Thomas in wonderful ways. The purpose of the mural festival was to get people out and about while immersing themselves in the arts! On that note, we also would like to extend our gratitude to the many local businesses and studios who took part and participated in the event.
As a result of this initiative, we are proud to share that approximately eight new murals have been painted! Check them out below...
Completed by: L.A.L.A. (Lacey And Layla Art)
Stretched across the majority the back of the building, this mural shows examples of SW Ontario nature and the vibrancy of the landscape. It incorporates the native Bloodroot flower and the common powerful force of summer storms.
Located at Curling Club (38 Parkside Drive). You can view this mural at the back of the building or from the Whistlestop Trail (West wall).
GREETINGS FROM ST. THOMAS
Completed by: Blazeworks
Inspired by vintage post cards, this mural consists of blog text with imagery from monumental locations of St. Thomas. These landmarks can be found within the text of the mural, while the overall piece takes a more modern approach to the vintage style postcards. This is a relatively large mural as it is 50ft x 15ft. Stop by to pose, or to just check out the incredibly detailed piece!
This mural is located at the TCB Building (613 Talbot Street). It can be found on the side of the building (the parking lot/West wall).
A NIGHT OUT IN THE CITY
Completed by: Steph Boutari
About 30' tall and 57' long, this mural represents a beautiful night in the city. It demonstrates the energy of meeting someone new and the possibilities from that illuminated moment in life. Stephanie used her unique style while creating the perfect pattern and colour palette to bring this concept to life!
Located at Make Wales Office (367 Talbot Street). The mural can be found on the side of the building (West wall).
Completed by: Andrew Lewis
1200 square feet of art which highlights community interaction, and how food is something that brings us together. Food is celebrated all around the world, and this mural depicts the connection, inclusivity and vibrancy individuals experience when visiting this mural (which is also right by the Horton Farmers’ Market). This piece is truly remarkable at incorporating its key message with an engaging design!
View this mural from the back of Streamliners Espresso Bar where the back patio is located (mural on 755 Talbot Street). The mural is on the East wall.
GARDEN OF HOPE
Completed by: Emilie Darlington
Covering a portion of the wall, this mural was created to inspire. The mural incorporates a variety of different flowers, each with a different meaning. Guests of the Inn were the ones who selected each flower. The flowers include: Iris (Trust, Hope), Forget Me Nots (Hope), Tulip (Caring, Respect), Malva (Health, Love, Protection), Daffodil (New Beginnings), Monarda (Health, Prosperity), and Geranium (Determination).
This mural is located at The Inn, 10 Princess Ave. It can be found on the side of the building (South wall).
BEGINNING OF HOPE
Completed by: Derkz
Using very a intricate technique to create the details of this mural, the elements represent the beauty of community connection and diversity. The mural is considered a contemporary piece that uses innovative transitions to the different elements.
Visit Central United Church at 135 Wellington Street to see this mural. It is located on the side of the building along the Whistlestop Trail (West wall).
EXPLORE BEAUTIFUL ST.THOMAS
Completed by: Denial
Find five murals in one! This mural represents five popular St. Thomas landmarks: the St. Thomas Elevated Park, City Hall, the Elgin County Courthouse, Jumbo the Elephant Memorial, and Pinafore Park. Each panel is designed as a vintage style travel poster. It is such a detailed piece and speaks to our city’s story.
Stop by the Transit Building (614 Talbot Street) and the mural is located along the side of the building (seen from Moore St./ West wall).
Completed by: Denial
This mural is 85ft tall and depicts the story of St. Thomas while celebrating the optimism of the future. It is painted on one of the trestles and features many elements to showcase the present to past connection to our railway history.
The design is a reimagining of the dynamics between Audrey Hepburn & Gary Cooper in the classic film, ‘Love in the Afternoon’, and a meditation on the need to transcend nostalgia & move forward. Nostalgia is composed of two Greek words — ‘nostos’, which means ‘to return home’, and ‘algos’, which means ‘pain’. Denial has titled the mural ‘Newstalgia’, forwarding the idea of embracing the future & moving away from that specific type of pain that only comes from trying to live in the past.
You can find this mural below Elevated Park at the intersection of Sunset Drive and Fingal Line (located on East side).
The 'Track to the Future' 2022 mural project is funded by the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, The Estate of Donna Bushell, Andrew Gunn Consulting, the St. Thomas EDC, and young & free press.
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