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Greetings from Edmonton - #yegfreewalls
Monday September 14 , 2015
Image from Adrian Aja Louden
Have you visited Edmonton’s free wall? Located on the backwall of Tirecraft on Whyte Avenue (alley between Whyte and 81 Avenue by 100 street), the wall is a bright and colourful space open for artists to experiment and create legal graffiti art.
This week, the wall gained some extra attention thanks to the current Edmonton-themed mural by local artist Adrian Aja Louden. Inspired by old postcards from New York, a piece of art from Chicago, and a photo, Louden created this mural referencing some of the best Edmonton’s community has to offer! You can learn more about the mural and all of the things Louden included here.
Image from Edmonton Arts Council
The wall is part of a two-year pilot project from the City of Edmonton’s Capital City Clean Up Graffiti Management program and the Edmonton Arts Council; they hope that by giving artists a legal and safe space to create their art, it will cut down on illegal graffiti. One of two legal walls, the Old Strathcona location has received a lot of positive support and attention from Kim Fjordbotten, owner of The Paint Spot, who says that while running the wall can take a lot of work from the community, it’s an excellent investment and would love to see additional walls pop up throughout the city.
Whether you’re an experienced graffiti artist or a beginning looking for a space to try something new, the free wall is a great space to pick up a can of spray paint and add some (legal) colour to our city! If you haven’t been, be sure to check out the constantly changing artwork and share your pictures with #yegfreewalls.
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