Monday, September 28, 2015

CIES Attends Latest International Ave Mural Unveiling

On Friday CIES attended the unveiling of the latest mural to be displayed along Calgary's International Avenue. The project is part of the long-term beautification plan that draws upon on the area’s incredible diversity and multicultural character. This marks the 9th mural since 2001 to be sponsored by the International Avenue BRZ that showcases perhaps what is Calgary's most ethnically diverse district. Other completed works represent such places as Portugal, the Caribbean, Vietnam and the Middle East.The latest work was welcomed Friday in a celebration at the artBox on 17E where the four-metre by five-metre mural will now be permanently displayed.

Ethiopian born artist Sisay Shimeles set out to create a piece celebrating the city’s east African community that would link countries such his own, Sudan, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and Eritrea among others. One look at Shimeles' work reveals the mystical and the mythological, the beauty and the harmony of the region captured beautifully.

As a side note, once again the artBOX served as the venue for yet another intercultural event, a marvellous space with a true character all its own. Moreover, event sponsor the International Avenue Business Revitalization Zone (BRZ) is doing an amazing job supporting and promoting the Greatness of Forest Lawn. We in turn are proud supporters of them both. For more pictures of the event CLICK HERE.

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