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Mural of hope taking up residence at New West mall

Garden Gals' Positivity During COVID-19 project is spending a month at Royal City Centre to share its message of community and hope
This mural created by New Westminster's Garden Gals pays tribute to the theme of Positivity During COVID-19. It will be on display at Royal City Centre from April 8 to May 6.

It was created in the summer of 2020 as a sign of positivity and hope in dark times.

Now a mural created by the Garden Gals is finding a new home for a month-long stay at Royal City Centre.

The mural is made up of nine paintings that were created individually by members of the local arts group. Creating in isolation, each painter was left to their own devices to choose the colour palette and format for their canvas. Each painting includes a heart and a flower and presents an interpretation of the theme of “Positivity During COVID-19.”

With titles such as Hopeful Heart, Downside Up and The Window Between Us, the paintings carry the artists’ own messages of how positivity can be witnessed in the world around us, and specifically in the New Westminster community.

The paintings were featured individually at Anvil Centre last summer and are now being brought together as one completed mural, as was the project’s original intention.

In partnership with the shopping centre, the mural will be on display from April 8 to May 6 during mall hours, next to Dollarama.

“I’m so pleased to be able to share our mural debuting in its complete form at Royal City Centre,” explained Garden Gal Merril Hall. “Each piece of the mural makes personal connections and really comes from the heart.”

The project was created through the Arts Council of New Westminster and the Seniors Expressions Through the Arts special projects.

Community members are encouraged to visit to check out the mural but are reminded to keep their distance and be responsible when occupying space. 

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