Although some countries have had ‘murals’ for thousands of years (cave paintings, Mexico, Egypt come to mind) there now seems to be a world mural craze, and Vancouver jumped in a couple of years ago with a Muralfest on (and off) Main.
The bulk of the murals are in the alleyway west of Main between 3rd and 12th streets. There are other events as well such as ping pong, skate board jam, Craft Beer Garden, disco and markets with food, clothes, tattoos and more. Photographers getting into position.
They weren’t just painting walls, they were painting parking stalls as well.
There was a mess of paint cans and trays in the boulevard between the parking stalls.
A bus getting the mural treatment.
Ripped t-shirts without bodies directed people around the Mural Fest.
Mannequins without clothes were hanging out everywhere, also helping with directions around the site.
It was a hot day and the cooling water spray from this mannequin was very welcome.
This is the map from Vancouver’s Mural Festival in 2017 showing where to find the murals. This year (2018) there will be even more murals and the Festival runs from August 6th to 11th. This section of Main is also chock full of stores, galleries, interesting eats and craft brewpubs.
- Vancouver’s official Muralfest site: https://www.vanmuralfest.ca
- A fun article about other mural fests: 10 best street art festivals across the globe summer 2017
- Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge for this week was to select something from a photo and I chose mural.