Name the Mural Contest

The newest addition to the Chemainus Festival Of Murals Society’s outdoor art gallery is a departure from what is commonly called a mural, i.e. art painted directly on a wall or surface. The latest mural is painted on a box that contains a piano. See images and full description below.

Working Title: Piano In A Box

But here’s where you can get involved. The Society is seeking a final name for the mural and encourages you to send us your ideas using the following form.

Your Name

Mailing Address

Phone Number

Email Address

Proposed mural name(s)

Deadline: June 4

Please submit your proposed mural names by June 4, 2020. The winner, chosen by June 16, 2020, will receive a $100 gift certificate from 49th Parallel Grocery, as well as a Mural Book. You can also phone 250-210-3415 and leave a message including all the requested information.

Under construction (Feb. 22, 2020)
Kris Friesen at work (Feb. 22, 2020)

About the Mural

The themes of this mural, painted on the inner and outer surfaces of a purpose-built enclosure, are nature and music. The exterior features a lush forest scene with some of its interested denizens keeping watch, with the music of the forest wending its way through the surroundings. The musical score is from What a Wonderful World popularized by Louis Armstrong.

The exterior of the enclosure is a lush forest scene.
The exterior of the enclosure is a lush forest scene.

When the box is opened and the sides are outspread, the interior of the enclosure is revealed. Viewers see a piano, painted and blended into an underwater ocean scene. Earth’s oceans have their own creatures and their own music, which is shown moving through the water. The water’s musical score mimics that of a whale’s call.

Opening the enclosure reveals the panoramic underwater ocean scene and the public street piano.
Opening the enclosure reveals the panoramic underwater ocean scene and the public street piano.

The mural was designed and painted by Kris Friesen of Duncan and the enclosure was constructed by Dean Irwin of Chemainus.

The artist, Kris Friesen, during construction (Feb. 22, 2020).
The artist, Kris Friesen, during construction (Feb. 22, 2020).

More Than a Mural

The original concept of a “mural on a piano in a box” was conceived by Peggy Grigor of Pottery by Peggy, and the 1905 Bell upright grand piano was donated by both Peggy, and Brad Grigor of Turning Point Arts.

Construction almost complete (Feb. 24, 2020).
Construction almost complete (Feb. 24, 2020).

Peggy wanted this to be a departure from traditional murals in several respects. First, it is not on a wall. Second, it is 3D and provides two murals in one. Finally, it is visual, audible and interactive since it is also a public street piano and everyone is invited to sit down and make music.

Shannon Bellamy (VP, Festival of Murals Society), Kris Friesen and Peggy Grigor, during construction (Feb. 22, 2020).
Shannon Bellamy (VP, Festival of Murals Society), Kris Friesen and Peggy Grigor, during construction (Feb. 22, 2020).

Where to Find It

The mural is located at the Chemainus Public Market on Willow Street. The unveiling will take place when social distancing measures are no longer in effect.

Kris Friesen and Dean Irwin in the shop.
Russell Knowles assisting Dean Irwin with the on-site construction.