Alley murals in Kamloops, BC
Murals are a great way to
tell a story or share some history and we have some talented artists in
Kamloops that have contributed to the story telling with murals.
|Mural in 200 Victoria St. alley|
In 2010, the Kamloops
Central Business Improvement Association decided that the alleys of downtown
Kamloops needed some cleaning up and improvement. Murals were the answer and the Back Alley Art
Gallery was born.
|The Big Boot Inn mural|
The Big Boot Inn has been
in business for many years and is part of the history of Victoria Street. The mural offers a display window look into
|Great optical illusion|
Murals do improve the
appearance of our downtown alleyways.
Before the murals were there, alleys were quite unsightly but they
seem to keep cleaner since their addition.
|Overview of Kamloops shops and the rivers and hills|
The sad part is that
these murals are not often seen by the locals or visitors to our city unless
they are making a point of walking through the alleys. There are several other
cities that have done this mural painting, as well, as it is a great way to
feature some of the history of the city.
Plan a walk down the
alleys between Victoria and Seymour Street on the 200 and 300 blocks the next
time you are downtown and see these murals.
Share the sights with others.
|Images of Marilyn Monroe|
|Details of mural at Castles and Cottages|
I spoke with Rosie, owner of Castles and Cottages to hear what was behind her choice of this mural behind her shop. Rosie was approached by the KCBIA a couple of years ago but she had no thoughts of what she might like until she saw the artist Kelly Wright’s picture of a mermaid.
|Castles and Cottages store|
Rosie’s inspiration comes from her Mediterranean
ancestry, the love of the water and with Kelly’s artistic contributions led to this
mystical mural with mermaids and King Neptune, mythological god of the sea. Castles and cottages are part of this wonderful mural, too, shown in the top left corner.
Some murals feature the
stores they are behind, others have a fantasy touch or famous actresses and
others may be a story but whatever they are, we appreciate and enjoy their great
addition to our alleyways. Hopefully
they continue and there will be some of our local history shared this way, too.
|Venice in Kamloops|
Tourism Kamloops has listed
the murals as a cultural walking tour in Kamloops and you will see the
addresses listed on their page. The
murals that are listed on their page
include the artist’s names, as well.