Tornado Project

Community Art Mural

Item

Title

Community Art Mural

Description

Due to pandemic restrictions Trapdoor London Escape Rooms was required to temporarily close. Like many downtown businesses we boarded up the front of our building for security purposes. This created a large blank 'canvas' and we wanted to bring some colour & cheer to the streetscape. We noticed many Londoners were decorating their houses with messages of support and community spirit. We decided to manufacture wooden puzzle piece panels in our workshop and offer them (for free) to anyone interested in participating in a large mural project.

We posted on our social media sites and the response was fantastic! Over 180 puzzle pieces were created by artists, children, community members and groups. We kept the process 'contactless' by delivering the panel pieces to front porches and collecting the finished artwork one week later using the same method.

We provided little artistic guidance for the pieces but suggested participants consider something uplifting or to depict something important to them. The assembled mural therefore reflects many diverse ideas and themes. We also received notes of thanks indicating this project provided a welcome distraction to those in quarantine and helped to relieve some boredom.

The mural received local press coverage on CTV news and the London Free Press. Once we re-open we intend to display a number of the panel pieces inside our building.

Creator

Trapdoor London Escape Rooms

Date

May 2020

Spatial Coverage

London, Ontario

This item was submitted on August 6, 2020 by [anonymous user] using the form “Submit Digital Material” on the site “COVID-19 in London, Ontario”: https://verne.lib.uwo.ca/s/covid19

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