Outdoor Murals of Ottawa Canada
Isolated Murals

These are organised from east to west.


[Map]  A private sound barrier fence on the south side of highway 174 west of the Champlain interchange. In the words of the organizer, Craig Schoen, "local graffiti artists have added their designs to complete the transition from traditional to urban art". An advertisement for the firm that supplied the paint and for city Councillor Monette who facilitated the project are also included. Artists: Natan Moura & Amelia Hartin, then students at Canterbury High School, did the cows, Mike Mesa the surround shown below.

[Map]  The Bearbrook Tennis Club, 2679 Innes Road, a trompe l'oeil view from the net of the court

[Map]  Cyrville Community Center, 4355 Halmont. These murals were commissioned by the Gloucester Arts Council (now Arts Ottawa East) for Y2K. The left mural of bucolic apple picking is by Roger Larose & Aline Dubois-Belley. To the right is a children's painting class by Debra Cernesky and her daughter Meg.

The floral decoration over the main entrance is by Lucy Kuwahara.

The left mural on the side wall, showing the ethnic diversity of the community, is by Sheila Skerritt. The right side, showing popular activities at the center, is by Gail Johnson Fairhead.




[Map]  These mass-produced murals are on the Giant Tiger store at Walkley and Russell. The Canada geese appliques at right appear on both sides of the store entrance murals. Artist: Pierre Hardy.

[Map]  This mural shows some of the aircraft that are part of Canada's aviation history; it's on construction hoarding at the Aviation Museum.

[Map]  The 75th anniversary mural on the United Way building, 363 Coventry. Initially begun as an anti-graffiti measure, a contest among youth organizations on the meaning of the United Way was won by St. Patrick's High School. Art teacher Roy Ketcheson coordinated 14 students from throughout the school for the project. Unfortunately, the mural is set so far back on the roof that it can hardly be seen.

[Map]  The side of Cat's Fish&Chips, 319 St.Laurent. Artist: Mirage Murals

[Map]  175 McArthur bowling lanes

[Map]  Centennial mural of le Centre éducatif Les Petites Frimousses, 307 Montgomery.

[Map]  This mural just west of Rideau & Charlotte includes facts on AIDS, the feelings of those with it, and images of those who are affected by it. Artist: Juan Carlos Noria, Canadian Aids Society, summer 2002.

[Map]  This western desert rancher is on the side of Gregory Leather, 458 Rideau.

[Map]  A narrow alley at 221 Laurier W.

[Map]  The Second Cup, Sunnyside and Bank, done for the Old Ottawa South Community Association to feature folk musicians of the area. Artist: Shaun McInnis.

[Map]  The Bytowne Theatre at Rideau & Nelson.

[Map]  The Rideau street wall of the Community Health Centre of Sandy Hill celebrates their work. Artist: Shaun McInnis.

[Map]  Mrs. Tiggy Winkle's 809 Bank St.

[Map]  Davidson's Jewellers 790 Bank St.

[Map]  Octopus Books 116 3rd ave

[Map]  This Canada Post advertisement mural at the corner of Heron & Riverside gave the city mural control bureaucrats kittens, but it's on a federal building so they can't do a thing about it!

[Map]  68 George St. in the Bytown Market, a tribute to Franco-Ontarians. Artist: Pierre Hardy.

[Map]  Bank & Waverley

These visually confusing vinyl 'murals' cover traffic control boxes along Bank St.; the plan is to apply them to boxes all over the city.

[Map]  375 Bank

[Map]  A DVD store at 411 Cooper

[Map]  The play area of a daycare at 439 Cooper

[Map]  Bronson between Carling and 5th Ave on utility poles. Most were inadequately sealed and are in poor condition as a result.

[Map]  Powell & Bronson, on a pizza restaurant.

[Map]  The Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa, 1463 Prince of Wales. Members of the club were the models. Artist: Shaun McInnis.

[Map]  Gladstone & Bronson, the side of the McNabb Arena. The mural, Indicator 03, commissioned by the City of Ottawa under the Percent-for-art programme in 1992, has two types of cloud elements, one on appliqué, the other painted directly on the bricks. Other elements are representations of different types of balls as symbols of recreation; the softball flying through the air, the lawn ball resting on the grass, and the bouncing child's ball. The mural also incorporates three-dimensional aluminum elements attached to the brick wall - a hockey goal post and a pergola/pyramid shape - to emphasize the traditions of outdoor hockey and band shell archetype as heart and centerpiece of a park.. The high gloss sealer and numerous blocking trees make it difficult to appreciate even in winter, it's completely hidden in summer. Artist: David Robinson.

The interesting bricks-as-pixels and 3-dimensional appliqué techniques at McNabb are visible in closeups.

[Map]  Catherine & Bronson, on a dry cleaning business. It is blocked during the winter by stored snow plowing equipment.

[Map]  These views of pandas and China's Great Wall are at the south-east corner of Somerset & Cambridge.

[Map]  This tongue-in-cheek view of a traffic cop hoping to nab a Chinese dragon for speeding through the planned Chinatown gateway is at the north-east corner of Somerset & Cambridge. The gateway and dragon are raised appliqué. It was sponsored by Ottawa Police and the Somerset Street Chinatown BIA. Artist: Cairn Cunnane.

[Map]  A sample of the children's art on the north wall of the city parking lot at Somerset & Cambridge.

[Map]  A parking lot at Somerset & Arthur

[Map]  The side of Kowloon Market Somerset & Arthur

[Map]  The side of Phuket Royal Somerset & Arthur

[Map]  The side of the Royal Treasure Restaurant Somerset & Lebreton suffers from inadequate surface preparation

[Map]  A Chinese grocery at Somerset & Booth. Artist: Stefan Thompson.

[Map]  228 Preston.

[Map]  854 Somerset.

[Map]  A wonderful trompe l'oeil entrance on a flat brick wall on a residence at 193 Primrose by Karole Marois.

[Map]  This mural at 72 Laurel may become the opening for residential involvement in city mural projects. The owners followed the advice of Ottawa Police to discourage repeated graffiti by hiring an artist to paint a proper mural on their garage door. Only then did they find out that city bylaws had a different view! They went public with the conflict, were supported by yours truly and others, and the city is now playing for time by 'reviewing' the sign bylaw. Time will tell. Artist: Christian Awad (Zeebot).

[Map]  1000 Wellington, on a store that restores car chrome. Designer: Chris Fournier; artists Mark Lavoie & Tracy Prior of Phoenix Neighbourhood Art, shown at right.

[Map]  1063 Wellington W. Artist: Julio Cesar Moreno.

[Map]  1083 Wellington W

[Map]  Wellington & Stirling. Artists: Phillipe Laporte & friend

[Map]  Wellington & Hamilton on a hair styling salon. Artist: Shaun McInnis.

[Map]  Wellington & Granville. The size can be judged by the adult-size bicycle. Artist: Shaun McInnis.

[Map]  The Ottawa Hydro transformer station at 1290 Richmond, formerly a consistent target for graffiti tagging. Artists: Mike Mesa and his Keep Six Street Team with design contributions from local youth. City councillor Alex Cullen facilitated the project.

[Map]  2576 Carling.

[Map]  A pub at the corner of Robertson & Moodie. Artist: Patrick John Killen of Mirage Murals

These mass-produced murals appear on Montana's Cookhouses across the city. A 5th mural on the Kanata outlet is covered by spruce trees.

[Map]  This is the Silver City Cinema on Ogilvie Road. Is it a mural? You decide.

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