BC Global TV news reported today that a graffiti mural on a large wall facing the beach has been commissioned by Lululemon founders, Shannon and Chip Wilson.
The article: Lululemon founders commission graffiti mural on Kits Beach to stop problem tagging by Amy Judd. (with files from Darlene Heidemann)
Kitsilano beach is in Vancouver. Kitsilano is the neighborhood where the first Lululemon store opened and where the head office is now. On a wall facing the beach, people used to tag it with inappropriate pictures and words.
Shannon and Chip Wilson, who live close to the wall, got the idea to commission graffiti artists to paint a mural when they visited Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia which had the same problem.
Scott Sueme is one of the graffiti artists who helped to create the art.
Seven artists worked on this project.
Graeme Bergland, local artist was the project organizer.
Lots of color was used by the artists. It’s thought that people would not likely paint over the mural, especially since it was done by graffiti artists.
Shannon and Chip Wilson
The mural will be much appreciated by the public.
The mural is very close to the beach.
I was very interested to see this news report. I live very close to this beach and look forward to checking this mural out!
Lululemon has appreciated this kind of colorful art before. Here is the front and side of the flagship West 4th Lululemon store that shows colorful art. You can see this in the collage of my blog.
I love the art that Chip and Shannon Wilson has donated to the city. In addition to this mural, they also donated a group of laughing statues (previous blog post), too.
UPDATE: In the news today, September 23, 2014, it was revealed that because of a neighbor’s complaint, the City of Vancouver checked and determined that this mural did not have a permit.
Because of this, the beautiful mural was painted over. There is a now a message on the wall that reads, ‘The City of Vancouver. Consistently opposing the arts.’
As a Vancouverite, I am so ashamed that the City has done this. There are so many other pressing problems that they could tend to instead. I don’t know why anybody would complain about this amazing mural. Obviously, this complaining ‘neighbor’ is a total jerk who does not appreciate art or the efforts to fight graffiti as his neighbors have.