The Food Bank Brings Colour to the Neighbourhood
Edmonton’s Food Bank is bringing a bit more colour to the Prince Rupert and Inglewood neighbourhoods with the addition of two murals to the exterior of the Annex at 11434-120 Street.
Over two weekends this spring, Mother Nature smiled as artists and students from the University of Alberta Faculty of Extension painted murals to brighten the long stretches of exterior warehouse wall. Each mural took two days to complete with between 10-20 artists working at a time.
The project came about in April 2017 when art instructor Izabella Orzelski-Konikowski approached the Food Bank about doing a mural for the organization. Initially they wanted to do a mural inside but when told of the opportunity to do a mural outside Izabella and her students jumped at the chance. They designed an image of people enjoying a day at the farm. This image makes a perfect backdrop for the Food Bank’s new community garden on the south side of the building.
The artists were so enthusiastic that they decided to create two murals for the building. The building’s vertical metal siding posed a challenge to the initial plan for the second mural of having a group of faces, so a last minute change was made to create a mural of colourful fruits and vegetables. This proved a wonderful opportunity as the mural now adds even more colour to the area, which backs on to a busy multi-use trail.
The Food Bank would like to thank these artists and Home Depot on 170 Street (who donated the paint and supplies) as well as Urban Scaffolding and Hibco for their contributions to the mural project. It is hoped these murals will help the community feel more welcome to visit the Food Bank either as a client or to donate and learn about what we do.