Conan the Barbarian secretly dominates Edmonton's public art

A ridiculous, wonderful secret runs through a series of Edmonton murals — a sneaky act of subtle subterfuge that connects public art across the city like an invisible thread. That hidden and unexpected gem: Conan the Barbarian.

“Nobody besides my friends and family knows about this,” laughs muralist Kris Friesen upon being discovered, “so this is quite hilarious and awesome.

“That’s just fine. It’s time.”

Whether the pulp-fiction warrior-thief is chowing down on a wall in Chinatown, hoisting a severed head atop a wave-pummelled island or looking particularly bored in the crowd on the side of a curling club, the puncher of camels is reliably in nearly every Friesen mural — in effect the Where’s Waldo of Edmonton.