Editorial: Murals are good news

Prominently displayed murals are a great way to display our local artists' work.

After some haggling over the costs, council finally gave the mural project the go ahead after receiving a much lower bill of sale.

Apparently, there was some miscommunication about the original costs including artists’ fees. Now that that has been cleared up, its should be clear sailing from here on in.

The mural, which is set to be the first of several, is sure to make City Park much more artistically pleasing. Already a haven for music and play, the park will soon boast a wonderful mural painted by some of the top artists in the region.

Several local communities have had their image boosted by adding murals. A quick drive to Christina Lake allows one to view a beautiful mural on the village building as you enter town. That mural shows a wonderful beachscape.

James Wilson, executive director of the Boundary Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and mural committee member, said the City Park mural is expected to be the first of many.

“It’s really good news,” he said. “It’s nice to see the city come aboard. We’re looking at this as a legacy project. We hope it becomes as successful as the Sculpture Walk project in Castlegar. We want it to be something to be proud of.”

The theme for the first mural is, “A river runs through it.” Several local artists will depict different scenes involving work and play around the river.

It will be great to see more murals spring up around town. Grand Forks and the Boundary are already known for its many great artists. Prominently displayed murals are an even better way to help display those artists.

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