If you take a stroll along the beach below Dallas Road, you’ll notice a colourful new addition to the landscape at the base of Cook Street.
Victoria Artist in Residence Luke Ramsey has painted a new mural called ?Mother Protector ? Hawk and Home? on the Dallas Road turret/stairwell with Edmonton-based artist Jill Stanton.
The stairwell is located off the pathway near Cook Street and leads down to the beach.
“Before it was just like on an off-white wall, it didn’t have much going for it so I wanted to liven up the space and do a mural,” said Ramsey.
The mural depicts a hawk with one wing open, welcoming guests to a safe haven; the other wing is closed to protect itself from the elements.
Ramsey was enticed by the challenge of creating a mural that was not on a typical flat wall.
“”this particular structure really spoke to me, I really like the shape and the form,” said Ramsey.
“When i saw it i could see this bird type character so I painted in these two eyes, a beak, a mouth, and the two curved walls are like wings.”
The painting of the mural began August 28th and should be finished by the end of this week.
The cost of the project is $8,500 and is part of the Artist in Residence program budget.
The community is invited to stop by and view the mural as well as meet Luke Ramsey on Saturday, September 16th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.