This summer, we welcomed back our friends at Vancouver Mural Festival to create two new murals in the West End, one as part of our Denman Laneway Series and the other a ground surface mural at Morton Park.

Eihu Lane is named after Hawaiian settler, William Eihu. He and his family were some of the original settlers at Kanaka Ranch, an informal settlement of native Hawaiians on the south shore of Coal Harbour, near Stanley Park. Artist, JNasty, transformed 774 Denman (Jingle Bao) with a bold, black and white design that incorporates traditional Hawaiian tattoo art and symbolism to illustrate Eihu’s story.

The pedestrianized section of the 1800 block of Davie Street was also transformed by artist, Jake Johnston, into an inviting public space that features a bright colour palette and interlocking geometric shapes. Read more about each mural below.

Crossing Paths

Artist: Jake Johnston
Location: 1800 Davie Plaza

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Artist statement: Lively, exciting, and playful colours transform this blank surface into an area of imagination by enticing the passerby to observe and interact with their urban surroundings. This palette samples the ocean and skyline while embodying the colours from the sunset that English Bay is so commonly known for. 

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Artist: JNasty
Location: 774 Denman Street

Artist Statement: Lokahi depicts Hawaiians and the Coast Salish people uniting and coming together. Lokahi is the Hawaiian word meaning unity, oneness, and harmony. Despite how the two cultures differ, their values remain alike in unifying them.