A brand new mural on the Bowen Park Exercise Centre is bringing the park indoors.
Final week Nanaimo artist Sean Anderson drew a mural depicting Bowen Park’s nature and wildlife on a wall within the recreation advanced’s foyer. The undertaking was commissioned by the Metropolis of Nanaimo’s tradition and occasions staff, whose places of work are contained in the constructing.
“We had a very particular undertaking goal in thoughts,” tradition and occasions supervisor Julie Bevan stated. “We wished to discover and to have a good time our location in Bowen Park and invite curiosity and important eager about the life and the relationships within the park.”
Anderson, who’s a additionally a tattoo artist, stated the Bowen Park mural was an thrilling, collaborative undertaking.
“[Bevan] was very open and excited to see what concepts I had as nicely and it was a really enjoyable course of that method,” he stated. “It wasn’t like a really confined, ‘That is what it must be,’ it was extra of an open, ‘What may this be?’”
Anderson isn’t new to murals. He stated he painted “fairly a couple of” giant spray paint murals whereas dwelling in Tasmania and he has a surreal, flowery mural on the wall of Regard Espresso Roasters. He stated his course of is often extra intuitive, however specializing in Bowen Park led to a change in his method.
“I really did a bit extra planning and researched the completely different species that reside within the park after which developed it from there,” Anderson stated. “Normally I’ll simply go for it and I’ll simply draw on the wall and it’ll sort of develop in entrance of me and I don’t actually know what it’s going to seem like.”
In an effort to make the undertaking “immersive,” Anderson created colouring e-book pages from three parts of the mural, which can be found free for obtain. Bevan stated she and her staff wished to supply the group an accessible, artist-led outside exercise.
“Sean was actually considering seek-and-find, these books and actions, and so he embedded all of those completely different creatures and crops into his illustrations,” she stated. “So folks can snuggle up at house and tackle this colouring exercise or it’s additionally meant to encourage folks to get exterior and discover our parks by new eyes.”
The Bowen Park colouring pages can be found here.