The finished mural, depicting the 50th anniversary of the Mustang and a tribute to Edmonton’s last 50 years. Empire Collision wanted their story painted as community support; the triumphs, aspirations, and successes of Edmonton.
Edmonton in the 1960's; we see the opening of the palisades in Fort Edmonton Park and one of the first Klondike Days. In the foreground is a 64 mustang and the captain of the Oil Kings with the 63 Memorial Cup. In the background is proof of why murals contribute greatly as artworks; Marmot Basin of Jasper is shown just behind Edmonton in an artistic summary. The ski hill started becoming an official destination in the 1960's.
The Edmonton Eskimos with 5 their grey cups in a row from 1978 to 1982. Painted in the mural form left to right are Dave Cutler (kicking), Tom Wilkinson, Warren Moon, Tom Towns, and Dan Kepley. Kepley and Towns stand hoisting a Grey Cup behind Grant MacKewan University in the background, and beside Richard Petty's Daytona 500 winning racecar number 43.
The background for the 1990s and 2000s blend together, where we have the Fringe Festival and the opening of city hall. In the foreground are Dale Ernhardt's 1994 Nascar car and an 04 mustang, as well as a fringe performer and the Oilers playing the Canadians at the 03 Heritage Classic.
Wayne Gretzky, Grant Fuhr and Jari Kurri hoist Stanley Cups in victory during the first Oilers dynasty. In painting a mural of Edmonton the Oilers couldn't be left out of the artwork.
Edmonton during the 70's; the opening of the LRT, the CN Tower and Commonwealth Stadium. In the foreground are Diane Jones-Konihowski leading other athletes at the 1978 Commonwealth Games, and a '74 mustang. Somewhere in the stadium crowd my parents are holding me as an infant, as the '78 games was my first time in Edmonton.
Close up of the Edmonton Oilers in their 80’s glory days. While sports teams help summarize the celebratory spirit of Edmonton, the arts are also showcased. To the right is Terry Wickham, producer of the Edmonton Folk Fest, which is shown in the middle ground.
The 2014 section of this painted artwork; the background includes the Art Gallery, Epcor Tower and the lighting of the bridge, while the 2014 anniversary mustang is in the foreground. Aaron Irving of the Edmonton Oil Kings closes the mural with the 2014 Memorial Cup, 51 years after the oil kings on the other end of the mural.