Murals


About the International Avenue Mural Society

The International Avenue Business Revitalization Zone launched a mural project in 2001 to celebrate the community and all it has to offer. The project will see the installation of murals along International Avenue (17 Ave. S.E.), reflecting our community’s history and cultural diversity.

The murals being located within the community to be a source of pride for local residents and visitors to the area. This year, The International Avenue BRZ highlighted the African and Italian communities with the theme “Celebration.” The first mural was unveiled in Spring 2015. The second was unveiled in September 2015.

The Murals

Mural #1: Life in the Village of Forest Lawn

Village of Forest Lawn Mural

Description

A historical painting depicting life in the village of Forest Lawn. The completed mural is 8 x 20 feet in size.

Location

3111 – 17 Avenue SE

Artist

Eldon Walls

Mural #2: Dance in the Minho

A Realist Mural Painting a Man and a Woman Dancing in the Minho created by Martinho Correia

Description

The BRZ commissioned another mural for completion in late summer of 2002. This was celebrating Calgary’s Portuguese community entitled Dance in the Minho. His completed art mural is six by 18 feet in size painted on an Alucobond panel.

Location

3245 – 17 Avenue S.E.

Artist

Martinho Correia

Mural #3: Tet Flower Fair

Description

Entitled “Tet Flower Fair” this 8 x 20′ mural celebrates the Vietnamese community in Calgary. The art piece illustrates the hustle and bustle of a flower market in Vietnam before the new year.

Location

2889 – 17 Avenue S.E.

Artist

Thang Quinn Quoc Do

Mural #4: Rhythms of the Caribbean

Caribbean Mural

Description

This piece celebrates the Caribbean community. The 8 x 20′ beautiful art piece is available for viewing on the ATB Financial building located at 3620 17 Avenue SE. Special thanks to the Community Standards Fund and the City of Calgary

Location

3620 17 Avenue S.E.

Artist

Carol Nelson-Melesko

Mural #5: An Allegory of Peace in Our Time

A Photo of a Mural Collage on the Side of a Building containing a girl, a woman with flowers, and the Calgary Tower signifying peace

Description

This piece celebrates the hope for peace among all nations, races and religions. The 8 x 16′ work incorporates a recurring figure of Peace… a winged figure holding an olive branch. People representing Asia, the Middle East, the Americas, Europe and Africa are portrayed against the Calgary skyline and amongst other symbols of peace and harmony including pomegranates, doves, roses and hummingbirds. The mural can be viewed on the west side of the International Avenue Properties building at 4015 – 17 Ave SE. Special thanks to the International Avenue merchants, the Alberta Lotteries Fund, Community & Neighbourhood Services East Calgary office, and Top made Plastics and Neon Signs.

Location

4015 – 17 Ave SE.

Artist

Martinho Correia

Mural #6: Dance at the Ishtar Gate

Description

This piece is dedicated to the Arabic Community. Artist Iman consulted with Calgary’s Arab community to determine the best subject matter for the painting. Dance at the Ishtar Gate features the Babylonian Ishtar Gate, constructed in 546BC and is considered to be one of the seven wonders of the world. The symbolic painting features many important cultural artifacts and various dancers in ethnic garb, representing various Arabic countries. In keeping with the theme of celebration, the dance portrayed is the dabka – an arabic folk dance – popular in several countries including Iraq, Jordan, the Palestinian territories, Saudi Arabia, and Lebanon. The dabka is widely performed at weddings and joyous occasions. The 12’ x 16’ mural is painted on an alcobond panel and will be permanently mounted on the side of 4835 – 17 Avenue SE (on the back of OK Tire centre). Special thanks to the Community Initiatives Program- Alberta Government, Dr. Giad, Dr. Ismael and Family and Dr. Karim and Family for their donations to the project.

Location

4835 17 Avenue S.E.

Artist

Iman Omar Al-Bustani

Mural #7: Dances and the Lessons from Mother Earth

Description

This piece is dedicated to the Aboriginal Community. Artist Raymond Lambert from consultation with the aboriginal community created an artwork that celebrates the community.

Location

5328 17 Avenue SE

Artist

Raymond Lambert

Mural #8: Bandierai degli Uffizi (Flagwavers of the Uffizi)

Italian Mural

Description

Artist Martinho Correia unveiled his Italian-inspired mural in May 2015. This mural was made possible by the support from International Avenue Mural Society, International Avenue BRZ, Calgary Arts Development, 12CSI, ATB Financial – Forest Lawn, The Italian Cultural Club of Calgary, EMCOR Development Corp. and Spolumbo’s. The mural was mounted in early February 2016 and it is located on the west side of the Far East Foods building.

Location

26 Street SE (Behind Far East Foods)

Artist

Martinho Correia

Mural #9: Celebration

African mural by Sisay Shimeles dedicated to the East African community

Description

Sisay Shimeles’ four-metre by five-metre mural celebrates the City of Calgary’s east African community. His work reflects a symmetry that exists between countries like his homeland, Sudan, Eritrea, Somalia and Kenya.

Location

36 Street SE – On the East Side of the CIBC Bank Building

Artist

Sisay Shimeles