The first mural for the Canada 150 “Paint the Rails” legacy project was officially unveiled at the Churchill LRT Station in December, 2017. The large, three-part mural called “Returning Home,” by artists Carla Taylor and Dana Belcourt, is intended to gently honour Canada’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. It also keeps with the spirit underlying the City of Edmonton’s Let’s Keep Each Other Safe campaign and its gender-based violence and sexual assault prevention initiative.
The “Paint the Rails” project is a collaboration between Edmonton Transit Service (ETS) and the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights. More “Paint the Rails” art installations are planned for other Edmonton LRT stations in 2018. The themes of the artwork will be based on previous public engagement sessions with a diverse range of Edmontonians.
These installations will visually convey community stories and also be a valuable addition to ETS’ existing public art collection displayed at all its LRT stations.
Public art not only helps ETS connect people and the community, but also provides a great opportunity to support local artists.