Selkirk’s Canada 150 Mosaic Mural is unveiled at the Gaynor Family Regional Library. Pictured: City of Selkirk mayor Larry Johannson looks on. (Photo Submitted)
The City of Selkirk’s Canada 150 Mosaic Mural, created by the people of Selkirk, was unveiled June 27 in its permanent home at the Gaynor Family Regional Library.
Selkirk was one of about 150 communities across the country that created a Canada 150 Mosaic Mural, made from 800 tiles, each painted by a community member.
The tiles were placed together to create an image of a tree with roots, attached to a steel beam, riding on a railway flats. Murals from all communities are riding on a railway flat as trains and railroads are the connective theme of the 150 Mosaic Mural. The project is sponsored by the City of Selkirk and the Selkirk Journal with funding by the Government of Canada’s Dept. of Canadian Heritage. Mayor Larry Johannson said it’s a great way to honour Canada’s 150th birthday.
“The Canada 150 Mosaic Mural demonstrates what Selkirk is all about,” he said. “It shows the pride we have in not just our home town but our country as well. I couldn’t be more proud, and I know all the members of council and our administration are too. Every citizen should be proud of the teamwork it took to create this impressive piece of art. And for it to be displayed so prominently at the beautiful Gaynor Family Library is just perfect.”
City Chief Administrative Officer, Duane Nicol said that while the Mosaic Mural project was funded and led by the City, it can be seen as a regional project.
“We invited local organizations, who serve our entire region, to participate in the painting of tiles,” he said. “Citizens from St. Andrews and St. Clements joined Selkirk residents in capturing our shared heritage on these tiles. In keeping with the metaphor used in the mural, the roots of this community stretch deep into our neighbouring RMs.”
The Mosaic Mural was a project that engaged the entire community. Citizens submitted suggestions for what Selkirk’s mural should be. The steel beam was a natural nod to Selkirk’s steel mill history and many people suggested the tree with roots. Selkirk resident Robin Jackson captured the sentiment best with these words that accompanied her submission: “This image will instill strength, pride and resiliency for our children and youth,” she wrote. “Trees must endure the most difficult weather and temperatures. Leaves fall but regrowth is possible.”
Ken Kuryliw, director of library services, said the Canada 150 Mosaic Mural will forever welcome visitors to the Gaynor Family Regional Library.
“The Gaynor Family Regional Library is thrilled to be the home of this beautiful mosaic mural,” he said, “once again showing how our community comes together to do truly amazing things.”
The Canada 150 Mosaic Mural can be seen at the Gaynor Family Regional Library during regular hours.