Next year, Canada will celebrate it’s 150th birthday, and the Victoria Foundation it’s 80th.
There is a special event taking place today and tomorrow in downtown Victoria, to celebrate these two monumental anniversaries.
Three Canadians have been travelling across the country for the past two years, inviting residents to paint tiles of what makes their city special.
The team hopes to have more than 80-thousand individually painted tiles displayed in various cities across Canada.
Rob Janus from the Victoria Foundation explains how pleased the Foundation is to be part of the project.
“The Victoria Foundation is lucky to be one of the hosts of 150 communities across the country that are hosting these mural mosaic projects.
“We’re inviting the public to come down and paint an individual tile that will make a large 8 foot by 12 foot mural.”
First Nation Kwagiulth Artist Carey Newman is overseeing the project.
“I really enjoy community projects like this where it’s bringing people together.
“I just like the idea of all these different people having their own ideas, their own personality, their own thoughts about what Victoria or Canada are, to create one big image.”
You can be part of history too, and paint a tile on Saturday, August 13 in the courtyard of the downtown branch of the library.
Your tile will become one of more than six-hundred that will make up a mural displayed in Victoria for years to come.