Tuesday, June 18, 2024

A burst of vibrancy: New downtown Victoria mural unveiled at historic Market Square


Victoria’s downtown is already jam-packed with public art that celebrates the vibrancy of the city and now that tapestry has a new piece for people to enjoy. 

Together, Anthem Properties which owns and operates Market Square, alongside Downtown Victoria Business Association (DVBA), hired local muralist, Caitlin McDonagh. 

McDonagh is a visual artist, muralist and illustrator who has done murals before throughout BC, Canada as well as the United States. 

She is known for creating intricate illustrative works inspired by folklore, symbolism and the delicate balance of humanity and the natural world. Common themes in McDonagh’s work include connection, self-cultivation, growth, loss and renewal.

Through her art she creates her own folklore and tales which can be interpreted differently by every onlooker who sees her work. 

For the Market Square piece in particular, McDonagh used inspiration from nearby local epicentres such as Chinatown, Lower Johnson and the Square itself.

With this piece, she aims to revitalize the Pandora Street entryway beside Whistle Buoy Brewing Co. and Mom’s Kitchen. 

The mural is well-underway and people can look at it from behind a temporary construction fence while McDonagh continues her work. 

According to the DVBA, the mural should be completed by the end of July. 

Curtis Blandy

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