Murals, Murals on the Walls. . .
Shooting murals for me all began in the small town of Chemainus, British Columbia. My wife and I were just finishing up a month’s long trip up and down the Pacific Coast Highway. Our final destination was the city of Victoria in the far western Canadian province. After exploring the area around the city we headed north. In an hour we came upon this quaint community of Chemainus described as a “A picturesque artisan village nestled between the mountains and ocean directly on the Cowichan coast.”
Chemainus' geographical location, between Vancouver Island's largest cities, Victoria and Nanaimo, as well as its proximity to ferry terminals and the coast island highway has also contributed to the successful growth of tourism in the community.
But tourism was on the wan. The town had to come up with some “draw” to bring the tour buses in. An idea was floated to the town council to use the “blank canvases” of the structures in town for murals. It was approved and the process began.
Today there are over SIXTY murals around the town and the buses continue to pull up allowing its passengers to make a day of viewing them. Chemainus’ motto? “The little town that could!”
On various trips I have uncovered murals in Cottage Grove, OR, Sequim and Port Charles in WA, Keene, NH and Collingwood, Ontario. I am challenged to locate the more than fifty murals in the City of Boston and the handful in neighboring Brockton, MA.
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