Tuesday, May 21, 2024

This James Bay eatery has a new Instagrammable Marilyn Monroe mural


The newest mural near downtown Victoria has just been completed and it needs to be on your Insta feed!

If you find yourself walking by the James Bay Floyd’s Diner, you’ll spot the new addition created by local artist Paul Archer that has recently been airbrushed on the wall. 

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Archer’s depiction of the iconic film star took just over a day to complete, with his assistant Michael Johnston completing the borders of the image. 

For inspiration, Archer looked at several pictures of Marilyn before deciding on how to create an interactive mural that allows people to take photos by standing near the tip of her finger. 

Floyd’s Diner commissioned Archer to create this mural based on his previous work with them, including the now famous Marilyn painting that was stolen from the diner in 2015 at their former downtown location at the corner of Yates and Douglas Street.  

That mural was later returned thanks to a tip from a homeless man who was then given free meals for life from the restaurant for his help. 

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Over the years, Archer has been hired to complete several paintings and artworks across the province, but when it comes to his preferences, home is where the heart is.

“It’s my favourite city. I would love to be commissioned more in Victoria,” Archer said. 

Launching straight out of a career that has taken him all over the globe, Archer has found a home on the island at his Fort Street storefront where he can be hired for big or small works. 

His Marilyn Monroe mural can be found at Floyd’s Diner, 332 Menzies Street. 

Joel Brewster
Junior staff writer at Victoria Buzz. Have a story idea? Send it over: joel@victoriabuzz.com

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