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  • Famous Spanish street artist courted to paint Edmonton's biggest mural

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmon...714025?cmp=rss

    If two Edmonton art lovers get their way, a homely brick facade near Whyte Avenue will become a blank canvas for renowned Spanish street artist Okuda San Miguel.

    Michael Maxxis and Fish Griwkowsky have launched a $40,000 crowdfunding campaign for a six-storey mural in Old Strathcona.

    If the project is successful, a currently neglected corner of the Crawford Block annex on Whyte Avenue and Gateway Boulevard would become the face of the neighbourhood, Maxxis said.

    At 1,400 sq. feet, it would be the biggest mural in the city.

    "Big pieces of art like this inspire people," Maxxis said in an interview with CBC Radio's Edmonton AM. "I think it will have a big impact."
    GoFundMe page is here:
    https://www.gofundme.com/imagineokud...GqTj72tBPVcjOK
    “You have to dream big. If we want to be a little city, we dream small. If we want to be a big city, we dream big, and this is a big idea.” - Mayor Stephen Mandel, 02/22/2012

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    “You have to dream big. If we want to be a little city, we dream small. If we want to be a big city, we dream big, and this is a big idea.” - Mayor Stephen Mandel, 02/22/2012

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    • #3
      The same Fish Grikowsky who bemoans the lack of support for *local* artists?
      I think of art, at its most significant, as a Distant Early Warning system that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen to it. —Marshall McLuhan

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      • #4
        I am sure that there are local artists that can do the job. Support local artists

        My sister was commissioned decades ago to do the mural on the walls behind the old downtown City Market on 97th street. 53°32'38.43" N 113°29'06.82" W
        She had so little funding that she made less than minimum wage and had to use the donated paint colors. No big budget Spanish artist salary
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        • #5
          Instead of praise for such an initiative - they get immediate criticism.

          If they took the initiative to start this project shouldn’t they get to pursue it without such “buy local” interference? Is there another reason why this type of artwork hasn’t already been created on this spot or some other similar spot by local artists?

          In an interview on CBC radio yesterday one of the guys behind this said something to the effect that: “if we expect Edmonton artists should be able to show the world their talents, should other artists be able to do that here...” (it was actually said far better than I can do it justice now.)

          You could compare this to famous architects. Had Frank Lloyd Wright built a noteworthy structure in Edmonton it would likely still be putting us ‘on the map’ decades later as such famous design is widely valued. So, as this artist is world famous it would potentially be a big lasting benefit to Edmonton with a relatively minor outlay of funds.



          Found the interview. It was very interesting!


          CBC Listen | Edmonton AM | A new mural for Old Strathcona

          A new mural for Old Strathcona. Jun 20, 2018

          Two Edmontonians want your help funding a six-storey mural in Old Strathcona.

          http://www.cbc.ca/listen/shows/edmon...gment/15551754


          “Should Edmonton artists be allowed to make art somewhere else?”
          Last edited by KC; 21-06-2018, 07:42 AM.

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          • #6
            Would you say the same if they hired American mural artist Scott LoBaido?
            Advocating a better Edmonton through effective, efficient and economical transit.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Edmonton PRT View Post
              Would you say the same if they hired American mural artist Scott LoBaido?
              If it was their project, their initiative, and donors knew what they were getting then why not. If it potentially challenges community standards, there are likely bylaws and other City powers to deal with unusual murals.

              However, it’s always nice when locals get hired and I usually think we’ve either got the local skills and talent or could develop it locally. Nonetheless, in all fields, in art, in science, in medicine, in research, there are people that somehow outshine most others and so we are usually thrilled if not honoured to have them come to our city to work.

              We have local architects yet haven’t we gone outside the city to get buildings etc designed? We then get to benefit from their talent long after they are gone.


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              The Blatchford development - Perkins + Will and CIVITAS - local designers? No. They were from Vancouver
              Last edited by KC; 21-06-2018, 08:01 AM.

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              • #8
                I based my comment after having encountered numerous other instances of Fish bemoaning the lack of support for local talent. I also listened to the interview, and the rationale was presented breezily enough. But I get it, it’s his joint, he likes the artist and ...yeah. It’s not a problem, this time.
                Last edited by Dialog; 21-06-2018, 09:53 AM. Reason: Duplicate word
                I think of art, at its most significant, as a Distant Early Warning system that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen to it. —Marshall McLuhan

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                • #9
                  Never heard of this artist before the mural was announced, but after seeing his art I'm excited for it on the building. I also really like the mural that was done on the Varscona theater. I was also annoyed that the hand on Track & Trail was vandalized, then painted over (the bottom, only). We have some really cool murals in Edmonton, but I think this has the opportunity to be one of the most-seen. I have no problem that he's from Spain and not Edmonton.
                  They're going to park their car over there. You're going to park your car over here. Get it?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by KC View Post
                    Originally posted by Edmonton PRT View Post
                    Would you say the same if they hired American mural artist Scott LoBaido?
                    If it was their project, their initiative, and donors knew what they were getting then why not. If it potentially challenges community standards, there are likely bylaws and other City powers to deal with unusual murals.

                    However, it’s always nice when locals get hired and I usually think we’ve either got the local skills and talent or could develop it locally. Nonetheless, in all fields, in art, in science, in medicine, in research, there are people that somehow outshine most others and so we are usually thrilled if not honoured to have them come to our city to work.

                    We have local architects yet haven’t we gone outside the city to get buildings etc designed? We then get to benefit from their talent long after they are gone.


                    Eg
                    The Blatchford development - Perkins + Will and CIVITAS - local designers? No. They were from Vancouver
                    i'm not sure blatchford is the example you want to use here...

                    that was an international design competition and the winner was selected from a short-list of three based on the quality of the submission, not the postal code of the designer. it's also worth noting that there was always "local" talent on the team. it's also worth noting that perkins + wills has not been involved with the project for some time and that many of the changes to the design and the direction were - for better or worse - made by local talent.

                    in terms of the competition (and to the same degree in the selection of consultants generally) it's no different than edmonton firms bidding successfully on work outside of edmonton - the doors have to open in both directions and the resultant raising of the bar should be good for everyone.

                    while you are correct in your comment that "it's always nice when locals get hired", when they are it should be based on their skills and their talent, not their postal code. we have a large and deep talent pool here but that doesn't mean they should be entitled to all the work there is here any more than they should be precluded from successfully exercising their skills and their talent in vancouver or toronto or long beach or mumbai...
                    "If you did not want much, there was plenty." Harper Lee

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                    • #11
                      Target exceeded, artist at work July 14-18
                      “You have to dream big. If we want to be a little city, we dream small. If we want to be a big city, we dream big, and this is a big idea.” - Mayor Stephen Mandel, 02/22/2012

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                      • #12
                        Awesome. I contributed a bit of money towards it, and it's great to know that the excess money will be going to Rust Magic, a street art festival in the city.
                        They're going to park their car over there. You're going to park your car over here. Get it?

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                        • #13
                          Progress thus far

                          “You have to dream big. If we want to be a little city, we dream small. If we want to be a big city, we dream big, and this is a big idea.” - Mayor Stephen Mandel, 02/22/2012

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                          • #14
                            Thanks for posting the photo, SDM!
                            They're going to park their car over there. You're going to park your car over here. Get it?

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                            • #15
                              Progress today. It's likely going to be finished tonight. https://www.instagram.com/p/BlTuaNKD...agged=okudayeg
                              Unveiling party is this Saturday https://www.facebook.com/events/449081012224763/


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