Chemainus hoping to add three new murals this year

This model for the new 3-D Emily Carr mural sculpture was unveiled in November. - Peter W. Rusland/file
This model for the new 3-D Emily Carr mural sculpture was unveiled in November.
— image credit: Peter W. Rusland/file

Three new murals may soon rise in Chemainus.

Tom Alexander, president of Chemainus Festival of Murals Society, has confirmed plans are afoot to begin three new exhibits later this year.

By far the most prominent and ambitious project is a towering sculpture dedicated to iconic Canadian artist Emily Carr.

The society is proposing the 50-foot by 20-foot art piece be erected in Waterwheel Park near the top of the path leading to the old town.

However, permission for the location has yet to be given by North Cowichan and Island Timberlands, cautions Alexander.

"We're in the process of applying for permission," he told the News Leader.

The arresting art piece will be the world's first MuralSculpture, so called as it combines the two mediums – sculpture and murals — for the first time.

Plans call for the sculpture by artist Charles Johnston of Winnipeg to display replica sections of 10 Carr paintings. On top of the steel fibre cement form will be a West Coast Thunderbird. Also working on the project is First Nations carver Dennis Nyce.

Two other projects in the works are a mosaic on the Crafty Cuppa and a 3-D mural at the Silver Mine.

The proposed 3-D mural - still in the tweaking stage - will be of an ore car exiting an entrance to a mine.

"It's designed to celebrate our mining history," said Alexander.

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