Lansdowne Park mural painting event cancelled
The organizer of an event this weekend to paint murals on the construction fencing around Lansdowne Park said he is calling it off after the city didn't commit to the event.
Glebe residents have been painting murals on the fencing near the development for weeks.
Local artist and event organizer "Arthur II" was trying to organize a mural painting this weekend but he does not feel comfortable holding the event without the city's backing.
City staff members were investigating the participation in the event to paint the remainder of the fence but had not committed to a date, said city spokeswoman Jocelyne Turner.
She said conflicts with the construction activities and the lack of good weather determined the event could not be held in the fall. Turner said staff was still looking at holding an event in spring.
The event organizer said it was the city that recommended the Oct. 13 date and he said he is worried many people might show up anyway.
"That would be irresponsible, there is no street closure, and I for one don't want to be liable for whatever might happen to someone crossing the street," he said.
Area councillor David Chernushenko said it was unfortunate if there was miscommunication between the organizer and the city, but said the mural is mostly done. He said he thinks people should keep painting.
"It doesn't require a bureaucracy, it doesn't require a city-sanctioned street closure. It's happening. It's fantastic. And if we can provide safety through orange pylons and warning signs, I'd love to make that happen," he said.