A new feature mural has been created at Portage Ave and Furby St In Winnipeg, MB. by artists Michel Saint Hilaire and Mandy van Leeuwen. It is a recent collaboration between the artists and The West End Biz.
The image is a powerful depiction of Winnipeg’s passion for and achievement in hockey, following a timeline from the childhood days of practice and dreams, through historic times and trophies, to the return of the NHL to our city. Beginning with a backyard rink view on a wintery day of a West End home, boys take part in the aspiration.
The foreground presents a victorious monument featuring the many achievements of Winnipeg's hockey greats, including Johnathan Toews and Bobby Hull. This blend of stone and gold was inspired by a Francios Rude sculpture- La Marseillaise. Other sections of the monument highlight major achievements of the Winnipeg Falcons, such as their Olympic Gold Medal win in 1920, and a rendering of its character holding the gold medal. Many trophies of Winnipeg’s great hockey moments fused into the monument include The Allan Cup, Smythe Trophy, Avco Cup, and the Calder Cup. As with Olympism, Winnipeg’s own Golden Boy tops the shrine with its brightly lit torch. Team logos such as the Winnipeg Jets and Manitoba Moose are interspersed throughout the golden fabric that flows through this profound sculpture. Sculpted female figures support scrolls of prolific players from Manitoba’s hockey history.
A fan-filled arena illuminated with a spotlight on a major league hockey player posed in a scoring position symbolizes the return of the NHL to Winnipeg and the vision of every new player’s dream.
This Mural has been created in collaboration with Michel Saint Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen 2011
We were commissioned by The West End Biz and sponsored by Take Pride Winnipeg, Winnipeg Foundation, North American Lumber, And Sigurdson Financial