Sask. city unveils colourful mural for Canada's 150th
Warman, Sask., was part of a nation-wide effort for next year's Canada Day
Canada just celebrated its 149th anniversary of confederation, but the city of Warman, Sask., is already prepared for next year.
On Friday the city unveiled a colourful mural of a train car that was created for the upcoming celebration.
Warman is one of 150 Canadian communities that have created a mural. Images of the individual paintings will be joined together to create one massive picture.
"It's so unique," said Josh Welz, an economic development officer with the City of Warman. He helped organize the project.
From kids to grandparents, more than 300 people helped create hundreds of tiles that were assembled into the final piece.
Welz said the project was fun, but added it also fostered a sense of community.
"It really shows the community coming together to do something that is culturally significant," he said, noting their contributions will be part of a lasting legacy.
There are images within images and they range from depictions of John Lennon to landscapes to letters.
Welz's favourite image isn't a sunset or Gainer the Gopher, rather it's a painting of a bagel.
"It's amazing the detail that's gone into it," he said.
Participants only received loose guidance from facilitators, Welz said.
They were told to paint certain shapes or stick with certain colours for continuity purposes.
Even though people had the freedom to paint what they pleased, the result was a cohesive painting.
"It all kind of just pulls together. It's really amazing, actually," Welz said.
For Welz, the neatest part of the project was the local meaning behind the train car mural.
The city's train car will join other cars crafted by the 149 other communities involved in the Mosaic project.
For the community, the symbolism of a train runs deep.
"Warman was originally named Diamond when they became a village," Welz said, adding it was called Diamond because of the train tracks that crisscrossed through the village.
The tracks formed the shape of a diamond.
"It's significant on so many levels," he said.
with files from CBC Radio's Saskatchewan Weekend