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See how 100 volunteers painted 45 metre mural for Charles Street

Last weekend, more than 100 volunteers and artists created Neurda Arts' new 150-foot mural, which will be installed on Charles Street, between Stirling and Cedar. Here's how it came together, in pictures.
More than 100 volunteers painted the canvas inside the Granite Club on Seagram last weekend. (Neruda Arts)

Last weekend, more than 100 volunteers and artists created Neurda Arts' new 150-foot mural for downtown Kitchener. 

The mural will be installed on Charles Street, between Stirling and Cedar next month.

Here's how it came together, in pictures. 

They started with a blank 150-foot canvas. The design was by professional artists then volunteers helped paint. (Isabel Cisterna)
The mural design is a collaboration between seven professional artists: Pamela Rojas, August Swinson, Paul McDonald, Tom Tonner, Ian Pierce and Mono Gonzalez. (Neruda Arts)
Though Neruda Arts received a $25,000 grant from the Canada 150 Fund to produce the 150-foot mural, it's not part of the Canada 150 celebrations. Though that was initially the plan, after consulting with stakeholders including the Aboriginal Education Centre at the University of Waterloo and the Aboriginal Student Centre at Wilfrid Laurier University, the plan changed. (Al Doerksen/Flickr)
According to Neruda Arts, the theme, A Mural About Belonging, is about 'Recognizing Canada as a nation of immigrants living on Indigenous land, this mural explores Indigeuneity, multiculturalism and Canadian identity.' (Neruda Arts/Facebook)
The mural is "a celebration of equity, social justice, and respect for cultural diversity," according to Neruda Arts. (Al Doerksen/Flickr)

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