Creating a mosaic mural one tile at a time

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Artists Lewis Lavoie, Paul Lavoie show what the national mural will look like that includes the Sault's mural

Mayor Christian Provenzano along with some students from White Pines and  Notre-Dame-des-Grands-Lacs schools got a quick art lesson Tuesday for the kick off to the Canada 150 Mural Mosaic project at the Heritage Discovery Centre.

The unique project involving 150 communities with the Sault being the 39th community to contribute to a national mosaic mural to celebrate the nation’s 150th birthday.

The mural will be composed of 400 individually-painted four-inch tiles. Once assembled, it will stand eight feet high by eight feet wide, and will depict a defining image of our community.

Paul Lavoie and Lewis Lavoie, are the travelling instructors

The artists behind the project include two talented brothers,  Lewis Lavoie and Paul Lavoie from St. Albert, Aberta are conducting the two paint sessions and have been orchestrating collaborative murals around North America involving artists and non- artists alike from all over the world. Once completed the mural will tell the story of how Canada became a nation and what tied us altogether – the train.

Their murals have been featured at such events as the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the Centennial celebration of
the Calgary Stampede, the Alberta Saskatchewan Centennial of 2005, the Edmonton Centennial of 2005 and a Royal unveiling for Queen Elizabeth II.

Dr. Roberta Bondar was asked to paint a tile, she created this one on the anniversary of her time in space.

The idea of the national mural stemmed from a project the brothers did for the United States which depicted the American flag made out of hundreds of individual tiles that were hand painted.

Councillor Susan Myers, co-chair of the local Canada150 project attempted her own tile painting of council members while Mayor Provenzano painted the City’s logo.

The City’s mural will be connected virtually to other community murals online at Canada150Mosaic.com.

Check out the gallery of today’s painters

The mural will be composed of 400 individually-painted four-inch tiles. Once assembled, it will stand eight feet high by eight feet wide, and will depict a defining image of the community.

Once completed, the mural will be mounted, clear-coated and photographed. It will be unveiled during Multiculturalism Day on June 27, 2017 and will be permanently displayed in Sault Ste. Marie.

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