The Bridge to the Wall mural in it's entirety, showing an ancient Chinese mountainous landscape being threaded by the Great Wall of China. The wall winds it's way from the background to the foreground and a bridge connects the path to modern Edmonton.
The Great Wall of China is painted flowing from mountains in the far distance up to the viewers feet with a tiger at the base of the wall. We can see this mural has two horizon lines, one for the timeless traditional scene of the Great Wall of China, and the other for the modern city of Edmonton. An old decaying section of the wall is shown with the current wall built on top.
White cranes fly off from a landscape of the Great Wall of China to the Edmonton river valley. The tiger in this mural is shown overseeing a door to the Great Wall, fitting for an animal symbolic of great power, wealth, and protection of the dead in Chinese culture.
The bridge between the Great Wall of China and modern Edmonton's Chinese Garden Pagoda, beside Louise McKinney Riverfront Park. In bringing an ancient and modern world together, I wanted viewers to be able to "walk" from the buildings and architecture forming Edmonton's downtown skyline to the Great Wall of China, and back again.
A Chinese dragon gracefully moves through rocks and trees in this Edmonton Chinatown mural, emerging out of the mountains and streams painted in the background. The painting starts the Great Wall of China as a thin ribbon emerging out of distant mountains and forest.
A Chinese dragon gracefully moves through rocks and trees in this Edmonton Chinatown mural, emerging out of the mountains and streams painted in the background. The painting starts the Great Wall of China as a thin ribbon emerging out of distant mountains and forest. As a mural artist this artwork advanced my artistry, as I broadened my techniques to be influenced by traditional Chinese brush art.
A contemporary interpretation of the ancient art of Chinese brush painting, this landscape mural celebrates Chinese culture and promotes Edmonton's Chinatown as a destination with a giant cultural artwork. While the medium and size of traditional Chinese landscape brush painting could not be used in an outdoor acrylic mural, the composition and viewpoint (high in the air, as a bird might see) were heavily influenced.
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