A mother orca and calf are sketched onto the wall in their future mural home. These killer whales bring in the far side of the mural, as the huge whales in the background swim by all the underwater life on the rocks in the foreground.
The mural wall as I found it was a real eye sore to the community. Located along the Edmonton LRT path east of 95 Street in the McCauley neighbourhood, the future mural site was plagued by graffiti. The graffiti shown was actually put up the night after I pressure washed the wall.
The outdoor wall is prepped as a blank canvas, ready to take on the underwater ocean mural. This site was hit with graffiti so often that I even left a note for the taggers, letting them know this was now home to different piece of art.
The mural "Kelp Patrol" in process. Once the background ocean and killer whales were painted I installed the panels and painted the background nearby. This experimental approach mixing panels and a wall was used because parts of the wall were to rough even for me to paint. The panels were cut to organic round shapes so they popped out of the similarly curved rocks, rather than contrasting with rectangular shapes.
A giant lingcod watches over the nearly finished mural panels, which were painted indoors. When the mural panels were installed onto the wall finishing touches were added, like the chalk marks on the bottom right corner.