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Location: S side bet. Roseberry & Collegiate; East Face (top)

Occupant: Pinnacle

District: St. James

Neighbourhood: Bruce Park

Artist(s): Mandy van Leeuwen, Lisa Young-Kutsukake

Year: 1998

Sponsors: Take Pride Winnipeg!, Northern Paint Supply, St. James Village BIZ

 

John Steel (St. James BIZ): "The city of Winnipeg amalgamated in 1972 to include all its smaller areas around it including St. James, St. Boniface, Fort Rouge, Fort Garry, and so on. Before that, St. James used to be called 'the Airport City'. We wanted to pay tribute to this fact and to the Western Canadian Aviation Museum that's up there. Historically, we then went back to World War II, which was a critical part of Canadian history. We wanted to use the Lancaster, which was one of the primary bombers flown in World War II. We got the pictures from the Museum. We wanted to depict the Lancaster in a peaceful mission flying across the prairies."

Mandy van Leeuwen: "R.P.N.A.M. donated the wall. John Steel had done some work with the Aviation Museum down on Ferry Road and thought that this Lancaster would be the right plane to put up here. He had a great picture of this plane. So what we did is we formed the landscape and put the plane up. The Lancaster Bomber took about 2 days and the rest of it took 3 weeks. We loved the perspective- straight on, beautiful square lines, symmetry. The interest of it is when you're down on the street it looks like it's going to land on you. It's coming straight at you."

"It's a sun-kissed morning scene and being an east faced wall a morning view will capture it the best. We thought that this landscape would represent Manitoba really well and the colours of how Manitoba is in the morning. Because it was May when we were painting we spent a lot of time dealing with rain, and the rain was creating a lot of water on the roof so there'd be two to four inches of water continuously (see Photo 2) so we wore our galoshes and we also worked on planks up there. We spent most of our days up there with wet feet."