Dallas Road Beach Stairs
Photo by Scott Poapst

Paint jobs in Victoria can be a divisive issue, but at least one new splash of colour in the city appears to be garnering praise.

The City’s Artist in Residence Luke Ramsey, along with Edmonton-based artist Jill Stanton, has painted a new mural titled, “Mother Protector – Hawk and Home” on the Dallas Road turret/stairwell.

You can find their work located off the pathway near Cook Street, leading down to the beach.

Luke Ramsay and Jill Stanton
Luke Ramsey (left) and Jill Stanton (right) – Photo by City of Victoria

Mural Depicts A Welcoming Hawk

The mural depicts a hawk with one wing open, welcoming guests to a safe haven. The second wing protects the bird from the elements.

According to the City of Victoria news release, Ramsey was drawn to the shape of the structure and enticed by the challenge of creating a mural that was not on a typical flat wall.

The painting of the mural began August 28 and is being completed this week.

The cost of the mural is $8,500 and is part of the Artist in Residence program budget.

Dallas Road Beach Stairs
Photo by Scott Poapst

Meet Luke Ramsey And Experience Virtual Reality

On Saturday, September 16, you can stop by the Mother Protector mural to meet the artist Luke Ramsey and participate in a “virtual reality” experience.

Using technology under a tent designed as a watchful hawk, participants can engage in a 5-10 minute session to create digital art.

A local musician will also perform live music nearby. After the VR session, participants can try a 5-10 minute guided meditation. The entire event is free.

  • When: Saturday, September 16, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Where: Mother Protector Mural, (Dallas Rd stairwell near Cook St)
  • Cost: Free

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