Our New Mural !
EE staff worked with graphic designer Lily Taylor to come up with imagery for a wrap-around mural that would identify 72 Harbour Drive as the Downtown Arts Centre containing Eastern Edge, St. Michael’s Printshop, and Wonderbolt Circus/ The SPACE. This mural incorporates elements of Eastern Edge’s new branding colours but is abstract and vibrant enough to represent all of the organizations in the building. Work on the mural began in Spring 2022 and was completed in December 2022. Eastern Edge hired Kelly McGuire and Mark Allister Benson (Swass-e-sois) to paint the mural. The paint for this mural was generously donated by Paintshop Canada.
Lily Taylor is a multidisciplinary artist and designer, living and working in St. John’s, Newfoundland. She received her Bachelor of Design in 2018 from OCAD University in Toronto, majoring in Illustration and minoring in printmaking. Her work is strongly influenced by pop culture, connection, and environment. Working in a variety of mediums allows her the freedom to constantly explore, experiment and foster new methods of thinking and learning. Lily maintains close ties within the St. John’s community working and volunteering for local arts communities and events.
Swass-e-sois creates work that is intended to provoke happiness. Sois began studying art as a teenager and won his first art award in the late 80’s with the evening telegram. He has since been commissioned to paint a piano with the #ComePlayWithMeNL public piano project at Memorial University in St. John’s. He has also been commissioned to paint a mural in Bonavista, NL. He enjoys making politically charged artworks and gravitates to what he considers to be the rebellious art forms.
Kelly McGuire has been the main contractor for this project and is one of the founders of AccessibleNL. McGuire and partner Josh Menchions work to provide solutions to accessibility issues inside the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. They build relationships with businesses, organizations, and individuals to revitalize our local communities into places where we can all live happily and independently regardless of accessibility issues.
Preliminary Sketches and ideas by Lily Taylor–