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St. John’s unveils new mural at Rawlin’s Cross


The City of St. John’s in partnership with Eastern Edge Gallery unveiled a new mural on Queen’s Road by artist Jordan Bennett Wednesday morning at Rawlin’s Cross.

 “Murals enliven and beautify the city,” Coun. Maggie Burton, lead on the arts and culture advisory committee, said in a news release. “Congratulations to Jordan on this beautiful work of art and many thanks to Eastern Edge Gallery for approaching us with the opportunity to participate in this celebration of Indigenous arts and culture.”

The mural was painted as part of a local art festival called Identify: A Celebration of Indigenous Arts and Culture, which featured visiting artist Bennett, a Mi’kmaq artist and Newfoundland and Labradorean.

“It has been an amazing experience to create and complete such a large and vibrant work through Mi’kmaq and Beothuk visual culture for the Island of Ktaqmkuk in the city of St. John’s,” Bennett said in the release. “I hope this piece will bring the public as much joy and energy it brought to me in creating it."

Since 2005, the city saidi it has contracted artists to design and complete several murals throughout St. John’s including the Great Fire of 1892 mural on McBride’s Hill, the George Street East Stairwell, Victoria Street Steps, Duckworth Street, Flowers Hill, Battery Road, Blackhead Road and Scanlan’s Lane.

The Paint Shop and Benjamin Moore donated the paint.

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