Amid the charming rustic downtown atmosphere, central St. Thomas is painted with culture - literally!
Contrasting the array of historic buildings and classic architecture, the “Track to the Future” mural project showcases the culture and vibrancy in our community all while promoting area talent.
It’s unbelievably difficult to pick favourites here as they’re all fantastic and each one of them add to the Railway City experience so we’ll leave that part up to you but without further ado, here’s a list of locations you don’t want to miss!
Trains and art? Starting with some of the most iconic aspects of our town, 225 Wellington Street is home to the old boxcars, well, now canvasses. Appropriately located beside the Elgin County Railway Museum, the coruscating collage of colours makes them nearly impossible to miss!
With a total of four unique designs, one per side of the boxcars, there’s something for everyone!
That’s not all though, further down along the Whistlestop Trail at Simply Pure Water is Kayla Whitney’s Jumbo Beginnings mural, a celebration of the gentle giant’s tranquil beginnings in Sudan with his mother before the tragic accident.
Waterworks Park & the Public Library
Located on the washroom at Waterworks Park, Playfully Jumbo by Chris Cherry lives up to its name! The abstract representation of our favourite elephant perfectly captures the joy and the youthful spirit that Jumbo embodied all around the world through an electrifying array of colours!
On the west side of the St. Thomas Public Library, we have Nancy Deleary’s “All Are My Relatives”, an ode to storytelling that is very fitting for its whereabouts! As an Indigenous artist, inspired by the Anishinaabe People and their oral traditions, Nancy encourages all who pass by to ponder its meaning, remember our tragic history, and move forward with the spirit of reconciliation and goodwill in mind.
The opposite end houses Meagan Claire Kehoe’s bold “Brain in Bloom”, a piece that to her represents the importance of libraries; as social spaces, a place to enter a whole new world, and a haven for dreams to blossom like the flowers it depicts.
Last but by far not least is Talbot Street, perhaps the most plentiful of places where street art resides. Spread your “Wings” and fly with one of Kelsey Montague's famous wing designs at 403 Talbot, across from Shoppers Drug Mart.
Or maybe you prefer “Strange Adventures”, if so check out the fantastical mural of the same name behind Century Sound! “Make Your Mark” at the Art Centre, observe the “Magic of Nature”, or even take a ride on the “Magic Carpet”, tasting all kinds of different foods “From Here To There” near the Horton Market!
No matter what, you’ll be sure to “Harvest” a good time as you “Drift” through the lively street of “Bright Lights”.
So which ones do you think you’ll visit first? This list certainly isn’t exhaustive (the full map can be accessed below) but we sure hope it’s a great starting point for your next adventure!
It is not down in any map; true places never are.