Bowker Creek Mural Project

Parade of Play by Luke Ramsey - Bowker Creek Mural Project

Location: Jack Wallace Track, Oak Bay High School

Thursday, October 3, 2019 

There’s a new cast of colourful characters in town, thanks to a new mural by artist Luke Ramsey. The mural titled ‘Parade of Play’, has been installed on the large wall overlooking the Jack Wallace Track at Oak Bay High School.

In just 20 days, Ramsey has transformed what was once a drab and dull wall into a colourful and lively work of art. He hopes the mural will make some people run faster on the track, or slow down to take-in the sixty characters he has created. 

“Parade of Play is a freehand and freestyle mural based on a concept derived from local input. A parade of characters make music with athletic movement. The diverse personalities come together as a whole, individuals creating community with a shared direction.” says Ramsey in his artistic statement.

He also commented on the tremendous support from the community.
“It was so nice to see how popular the space is and see how people engaged with the art. I had many people interacting with me and expressing their gratitude for my art on what was a drab wall.”

During May 2019, members of the community were invited to suggest imagery, themes or subjects that Ramsey used as inspiration for his final design. These ideas reflected the vibrant community and its environment. Anyone who sees the mural will agree that Ramsey has captured this beautifully in his work. 

The mural project was made possible by generous support from the Estate of Maria and Paul Sarvari, the CRD Arts Development Fund, Dulux, the Oak Bay Community Artists Society, Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture, School District 61 and Oak Bay High School and Oak Bay’s Public Art Advisory Committee.

For more information about Luke Ramsey visit his website lukeramseystudio.com.

There will be an informal, public opening event for the mural on Wednesday, October 23, 10:30-11:30am on the Jack Wallace Track. (In wet weather, the event will be moved to the Youth Centre in the Neighbourhood Learning Centre.)

For more information about the mural project please contact kmanders@oakbay.ca.

Thank you to the project sponsors:

The Estate of Maria and Paul Sarvari         

         

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