Tamara Kwapich, 2015
Acrylic paint, photo transfer on panel
This mural was inspired by the artist’s time spent with her children at Orchard Park. The hills, forest and escarpment to the north make this park feel special. The natural landforms lift this park above the busy neighbourhood. The mural captures the area’s past, when this land grew apples and other fruit to feed people. It is still serving the residents of the area, students, and visiting sports teams with much needed recreational space. It is important to remember that past and make a connection to the present. Look closely and you will see the faces of Burlington residents in the apples of the mural, to reinforce the connection between the environment and community.
The Local Artist Program is designed to tell local stories using local artists. The 2015 program commissioned six small to medium-scale murals throughout the city. These commissions were open exclusively to Burlington artists. Free professional development opportunities were offered to assist artists with the application process and project development.
For more information about the City of Burlington's Public Art program, visit www.burlingtonpublicart.com