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 mural shows Edmonton in the 1970's with the new LRT moving past the CN Tower towards the 1978 Commonwealth games and a 1974 mustang.
Diane Jones-Konihowski leads other athletes in a pantathalon race at the 1978 Commonwealth Games at Commonwealth Stadium. In the stadium crowd my parents are holding me as an infant for my first trip to Edmonton.
The city's first light rail transit trains move past the newly built CN tower in the mural's depiction of the 1970's in Edmonton.
The Edmonton Eskimos with 5 their Grey Cups in a row from 1978 to 1982. Dan Kepley and Tom Towns stand hoisting a Grey Cup behind Grant MacKewan University in the background, and beside Richard Petty's Daytona 500 winning racecar number 43.
Warren moon runs past Dave Cutler kicking a field goal with Tom Wilkinson in this portrait painting of the Edmonton Eskimos during their run as Grey Cup champions.
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.
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.
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.
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.