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Vancouver gets colourful with fourth annual Mural Festival

Last Updated Jul 31, 2019 at 11:05 pm PDT

Summary

The biggest mural this year will be at the Burrard Building, painted by an American artist

The festival runs until Aug. 10 and ends with a party on Main Street

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) –┬áThe Burrard Building in downtown Vancouver is turning into a giant canvas, part of the fourth year of the Vancouver Mural Festival.

Starting this week, some buildings in Mount Pleasant are getting a fresh coat of paint – with an artistic touch.

Executive Director David Vertesi says the east Vancouver neighbourhood is a great spot for the event.

“In the heart of the city, in one sense, where it’s right on Main Street at the division between east and west, it’s really traditionally an artist neighbourhood or a very creative-centric neighbourhood,” he says, adding the neighbourhood is already colourful.

“We mostly paint on new walls, so we’ve ended up with around 150 or so in the area.”

But Vertesi says the biggest mural this year won’t actually be in Mount Pleasant. American artist Shepard Fairey will be painting the side of the Burrard Building downtown, which is 20 storeys tall.

“Definitely the biggest project in this festival and it’s actually, I think, the second biggest piece he’s ever done in the world.”

The festival, which starts Aug. 1, runs until the 10th and ends with the Mount Pleasant Street Party on Main.