A collective vision

The first eight tiles of Prince Albert’s eight-by-eight-foot, 450-tile Canada 150 Mosaic Mural have already been painted by members of the community. The final product will depict an image of P.A. and the North Saskatchewan River. (Photo courtesy Lana Wilson)

Registration is underway for P.A.’s contribution to national Canada 150 art project

In recognition of Canada’s sesquicentennial, approximately 150 communities from across the country are producing painted tile murals as part of the Canada 150 Mosaic Mural art project.

Prince Albert is one of the participating cities and earlier this week the very first set of tiles and paint supplies arrived at the Mann Art Gallery. From afar the eight-by-eight-foot mural will appear as a stylized image of P.A. on the North Saskatchewan River positioned on rail car, representing its connection with the rest of Canada, but closer inspection will reveal that the work is actually made up of 450 four-by-four inch ceramic tiles, each uniquely decorated by a member of the community.

This summer the City of P.A. received an invitation from the Mural Mosaic organization to participate in the project and council favoured the idea, placing the city’s arts and cultural co-ordinator Judy MacLeod Campbell and the P.A. Arts Board in charge of the local effort.

“There seems to be quite a bit of interest … we’ve only had (registration) online since Jan. 1 and we’ve got 20 people signed up already and I’ve definitely had quite a few calls,” MacLeod Campbell said.

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