This incredible Mural is located inside the St. Boniface Hospital in a relatively narrow, downward sloping corridor. It was finished early in 2003 and took Charlie 3 full months to complete. This photo is a fusion of 23 separate shots. There is barely enough room to fit the height of the wall into the camera viewfinder. It is therefore impossible to adequately capture the full impact of this impressive wall on this website.
Charlie Johnston: "Due to its sheer size, (8 feet high and at least 150 feet long) this was a
long project. It's very dense in detail, lots of imagery mixed into it. Richard
Manoakeesick did some of work on it. Some of the other Graffiti Gallery crew were
there too like Pat (Lazo) and Shawna (McLeod). About 75 to 80% of the work was done
offsite. We did it on strips of canvas, and myself, Pat and Nathaniel (Bunn) glued it up
on the wall. Then we painted in the in-between elements of it, and then did some
enhancements on site. We actually probably only spent about three weeks on site. We
started this project offsite in November of 2002; and worked for a couple of months just
getting those panels ready. Richard did a lot of the original layout and rough rendering. I
retooled and refined it."
"Because it was a hospital environment, we used all water based paints and we used the
same water-based adhesive as is used to do other carpentry work there; so there weren't
any vapors. The same was true of the varnish that we used: it dried quickly and was low
odour, no vapors."
"Lots of portraits, lots of little architectural renderings! The portraits were a blast to do,
as were the renderings. Parts of it I'm really happy with. The stuff I did on the fly were
some of my favourites, like the mother holding the child at the end (photo 8), and the
Asper Institute. I had tons of reference photos and they had a huge grocery list! It was a
good place for me to pull together a lot of the things and techniques that I had done in the
past, like the calligraphy, some of the optical effects of the architectural renderings."