about this time last year I posted photos of this mural in Vancouver’s Chinatown being painted by local artist Arthur Shu Ren Cheng. Well here it is one year on, an integral part of the cityscape. It’s a wonderful evocation of the city’s history. In the case of this work I think it’s very exciting that it’s painted from photographs taken in the city’s early history. In terms of murals, normally I’d be a bit iffy about paintings done from photographs, but in this case it’s entirely appropriate, and brilliantly done.
I found a Youtube video of the mural: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1olXsGm5vqw
And a really interesting article http://www.woodwardsmile.com/2010/07/24/off-the-wall-vancouver-chinatowns-new-murals-come-to-life/
I’ve always been interested in murals in any case. I remember the time I spent in Guadalajara (fantastic city) and saw the amazing murals of Jose Orozco. Now I’m married to a mural painter and I’m much more aware what mural painting involves:
above, Nazir Tanbouli painting a mural on Whiston Road,London E2
below, Jose Orozco, photographed by me 35mm slide, scanned.