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'A World of Music'


Location: N side bet Sargent & McMicken; South Face

Occupant: vacant

District: West End

Neighbourhood: Spence

Artist(s): Danielle Trudeau

Year: 2015

Sponsors: West End BIZ, Employment and Social Development Canada

 

Over 60 local children between 8-17 years painted this piece with Mural Mentor Danielle Trudeau.

The location of this 2015 Mural Mentor Project was the site of a building that had to be demolished which left behind an unappealing empty gravel lot. With a replacement building unlikely for some time, something needed to be done to improve the image at that corner in the interim. The opportunity to use a panel wall as a Mural was perfect; and it can be moved and reinstalled when a new building goes up on the lot The site allowed for lots of space for the children to work and great visibility for the finished art piece. Property owner Sal Infantino of X-Cues Cafe was thrilled to host the Mural and provided the panels and carpentry requirements. "This is an awesome way to showcase the different musical instruments used by our many cultures and a perfect fit for the West End" says Sal. "I really appreciate the difference it makes in the image of that corner."

West End BIZ Executive Director, Gloria Cardwell-Hoeppner: "The children were so proud to help transform this empty lot into something colourful and interesting. Their names are incorporated into the design as musical notes, which they thought was really fun! The mural can be enjoyed whether you are walking, cycling or driving by and really helped turn a negative situation into a more positive one".

Danielle Trudeau (Mural Mentor): "I saw the application online to be a Mural Mentor and I thought it would be perfect for me and give me an opportunity to work with children which I had done before and teach them art skills. I had only ever painted one indoor Mural before this. Working outdoors had its challenges. It was hot with no shade and very little air circulation. There was also rain, but overall working outside was awesome."

"The starting point of the Mural was the theme of music which was at the request of the property owner. Because we are in the West End and there are so many ethnicities here, I wanted to stick with that multicultural theme. There's a well known phrase that music is a universal language; and I decided to run with that! That's why there is a centralized globe representing everybody's home, and from there branching off to some of the major ethnicities that are present here. So I decided to represent each of those by the musical instruments you would naturally find in those cultures. The various clusters are the various countries each represented by those instruments. The last finishing touches were the things like the musical paper clefs here and there. Because music is naturally written down on the music paper in that form, that's where I got the idea for the signatures at the bottom. So you have the music paper banner at the bottom but all of the kids sign their names on it; so it's the perfect way of having the kids write the music."

"Painting a mural with children has been an enlightening and enriching process. Feeling the passion and enthusiasm they have for their neighbourhood helped to fuel the fire of inspiration. Viewing the creative process through the eyes of a child has given me a fresh perspective and has reminded me of the importance of community life and pride."

Walkthrough of the musical instruments: "The big blue horn at the bottom on each side is a vuvuzela. That is an element that the property owner Sal wanted to add."

Photo 2 Cluster: "That is representative of the Philippines. There's a type of gong known as Agung, a type of bamboo xylophone known as a Gabbang and a little string instrument called a Laud."

Photo 3 Cluster "South America The string instrument you see is called charango. It was originally made by the shell of an armadillo; and maracas."

Photo 4 Cluster Italy- a wind instrument known as an ocarina, a mandolin, and castanets.

Photo 5 Canada- Native Canadian drums, a fiddle

Photo 6 Vietnam- Dan Ty Ba, bamboo flute known as a Sao, Vietnanese zither known as a Dan Tranh.

Photo 7 (Above) India sitar, tablas; (Below) Caribbean- Steel Drums

Photo 8 -Ethiopia (left to right) Begena, Kebero (large drum), Krar