Hope Hunter was honoured with a Giants of Edmonton Mural celebrating her work with Boyle Street Community Services, which helps support those who need a hand breaking out of the cycle of homelessness and poverty with self empowerment. Hope is a mural inspired and influenced by First Nations people in Edmonton, and promotes the cultural aspects of inclusion, diversity, and putting people first.
The figures painted in a round dance weave into a striped band that is a graphic representation of the earth. As all of the people are a part of this band, they therefore belong to the earth together. Beneath the band representing the earth is another band, this time yellow with stones or eggs that each hold different family of group dynamics. The idea here is to show the cycle of birth and rebirth, or of endless possibilities .
In the middle of the the figures a medicine wheel and an eagle feather are painted, representing the Aboriginal community as the foundation for all peoples here, in Edmonton. Behind this we can see the city and the sun, which touches Hope Hunter, and through her everyone else. As Hope is holding hands with others she serves as a life line or conduit between the sun and others.
Together with the other bands, these arcs and loops show connections and communication between different people and their environments, like electrical circuits. I would also like to point out that the round dance and the arcs have openings and aren't completely closed, suggesting imperfections, just like life. I wanted to inspire viewers to act in the face of flaws, as we can always make better our lives and the lives of others.
I am available for freelance. Can't wait for the next exciting project! Could be yours?