Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Bottle Cap Mural in Bayers Westwood


Bottle Cap Mural in Bayers Westwood

A major project this year was the creation of a community mural on McAlpine Ave in the Bayers Westwood community. This long, drab wall was uninspiring. Terri (the 4Cs director) had wanted to have the Art Bikers tackle this wall since year one of the program! We were determined to make it happen this summer – and it did! We worked with the residents to create a vibrant mural to brighten up this corner. So we...

… collected bottle caps all summer (thanks you 4Cs supporters who collected for us, as well) ...washed them all by hand... with the help of participants sorted the caps into colour coded tubs...had a planning day collecting imagery ideas from the community then took those ideas and combined them into a cohesive design...traced community participants in interesting positions and cut the shapes out of plywood...scraped chipping paint off the wall and prepped the outline...painted and painted more with help from local children and youth.... community participants filled the plywood figures with bottle cap patterns....painted and attached caps and painted and attached caps....had amazing fun... and voila!

Community members are so pleased with this mural and can't wait to see it grow in years to come!

Thank you to all the amazing participants and to our collectors of bottle caps!!
sorting caps...

tracing figures for the mural...





prepping the wall...

outline ready!

many helping hands!



a wonderfully busy community...

prepping the figures...




planning bottle cap patterns...

new skills!



media coverage...

planning figure placement...





finished in all its glory!

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