Public Art

When Laura Hosaluk was chosen to do a new mural for the Nutana neighbourhood, she wanted the community to inform what she created. Over the course of three days, Hosaluk set up booths around the community and asked people for one word they thought represented Nutana.

“Words like vibrant, colourful, strong, organic, green, fresh were words that really conjured up this image of a garden for me,” Hosaluk said Saturday, shortly after the official unveiling of the work.

The mural, located under the southeast side of the Broadway Bridge, occupies several pillars and a section of the concrete wall. “I think it’s this energetic point that is already calling for creativity, so I think it’s really necessary that it happened in this space,” Hosaluk said.

The piece was commissioned after a safety audit by the city and the Nutana Community Association recommended public art as a means of changing the mood in the area.

“It was recommended that more visible art be added to the neighbourhood to make it more lively, with hopes of eliminating vandalism and graffiti in this area and improve the walkability,” Hosaluk said.

The images, inspired by community gardening, were glued to the concrete using wheat paste. The process took about 46 hours for Hosaluk and several helpers.

By Saturday, Hosaluk said she had already got several compliments on the piece. Although it was a time-consuming project, she was very happy with the result.

“It really brings life and what I hope is new growth into the community,” she said.