671 Corydon Avenue
'Corydon in Motion'
Location: NE corner Corydon & Hugo; West Face
Occupant: Mini-Mart Foods
District: Fort Rouge
Artist(s): Michel Saint Hilaire, Mandy van Leeuwen
Sponsors: Corydon Avenue BIZ, Take Pride Winnipeg!
'Corydon in Motion': After the completion of this wall, artists Mandy van Leeuwen and
Michel St. Hilaire prepared the following Mural Project Description:
"At first sight passers by are drawn into the new Mural located at the intersection of
Corydon and Hugo. The Mural is created to celebrate the character of the neighbourhood.
As part of the Corydon Avenue Business Improvement Zone's efforts to establish a fresh
new look for the area, teaming up with artists Michel Saint Hilaire and Mandy van
Leeuwen has given the opportunity to showcase many of the exciting points of interests
in the area.
All of the content in the Mural is meant to be portrayed in each viewer's own way and
many of the images can have multiple meanings. As this way of presenting the art leaves
more room for mystery and storytelling. At the time of erecting the Mural, people
walking by even voiced their understanding of the imagery- as they would dramatically
embellish the character of it. We too felt entertained by this perspective.
The BMX bike tire may suggest the motion, transportation, even game and sport when
connected with the skateboarder. The boarder can represent some specialty shops, interest
groups and the social existence in the area. The archway, a stylish new development to
the entrance of the Corydon Street is viewed as a towering gateway to the scene. The
other characters in the scene are random individuals that suggest or symbolize through
the row of chairs they sit on, the array of shops and services that surround and contribute
to the community. Each character sets the tone for style, social activities, and utilizing
services. The roses become a tattoo design attaching itself to the foreground woman's leg
as she strolls by carrying a shopping bag and fresh cut flowers. A larger than life electric
guitar may set the mood for Rock n' Roll as a blanket of street lights add to the sparkle
and charm. A decorative antique moulding draws the viewers to peer into a vintage car
mirror which reflects an old church that is located just down the street from the wall.
Next to it a billboard states interesting facts of the chosen landmark."