Mural committee looking for more space

HUMBOLDT — Humboldt’s public art committee is looking for space and funding for new murals throughout the city.

Finding space for new murals will also build on the success of the Canada 150 Mural Mosaic located at 706 Main St.  and the Urban Lukan silhouettes throughout the city, said the committee in a media release.

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“We can size a mural to fit a particular building, and work with the current building owner to make sure it works for them,” said Barrie Broad, the committee’s chair. “If they decide to move or sell the building, the artwork can be retained or moved to another location.”

The committee is also taking action to maintain the murals that are already there.

Some murals, such as Humboldt Beginnings, facing east at Seventh Avenue and Main Street, “have deteriorated basically beyond repair,” Broad said.

As such, the committee is looking for locations to reproduce the artwork.

“We understand that buildings change and we want to ensure that public art also has that capacity to evolve with the changing landscape.” 

While the committee hasn’t heard back from any businesses as of May 7, “most have been very co-operative” when working with them in the past, Broad said.

“Some of the businesses are honored to have [artwork] on their building,” he said, calling the Canada 150 mural a “standout in the community.”

“Our Humboldt public art reflects our culture, which can be used to market the unique qualities of our city.”

Property owners interested in providing space on their building for a mural are encouraged to contact Jennifer Fitzpatrick, Humboldt's director of cultural services, at the Humboldt and District Museum.

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