Artists Daniel J. Kirk and Ivan Ostapenko of Calgary, air brushing the graffiti abatement mural at Lions Park in Fort McMurray.
Residents are invited to attend Lions Park (3 Tolen Drive) on September 18 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. to witness the unveiling. The event will also feature guest speakers, food, music, and of course, great art.
The initiative is intended to discourage graffiti vandalism while encouraging creativity through positive contributions to the community.
Painted by professional artists Daniel J. Kirk and Ivan Ostapenko of Blank Page Studio in Calgary, this year’s mural covers a large section of the retaining wall under the Prairie Loop Boulevard bridge. The mural artists were chosen by a selection panel after the Municipality issued a national call to artists.
The Lions Park mural is the fourth installment of the Graffiti Abatement Mural Program, which provides legal spaces for street art and is a proactive approach to preventing graffiti vandalism. Previous installations include last year’s mural on the Beacon Hill pump house, also painted by Kirk and Ostapenko, a mural behind Father Turcotte Elementary School painted by artist Allan Ryan in 2013, and another mural behind Composite High School painted in 2012 by Wil Yee.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 18.