Public Wall Art At The Brantford Public Library Serves As Important Message Of Group Of Seven

On Monday, October 23rd, a group of people revealed an amazing piece of art dedicated to Lawren Harris, a much celebrated artist from the Group of Seven. This piece of wall art was made on one of walls along the western side of the Brantford Public Library, and serves as an important reminder of who this is. It is said that back in the day, artists had as much influence over the city’s culture as its renowned sportspeople. Therefore this mural or wall art served to show the residents of the city just how important Lawren Harris was for the city’s growth.

This artwork was actually chosen from around 21 entries to showcase the end of the Lawren Harris Art Project. The unveiling of this painting also marks the end of the Lawren Harris art week, where a bunch of activities were organized to commemorate this esteemed artist. The 21 entries came from all across North America and this particular entry was chosen for its social impact on community, uniting them in this artwork. This entry was submitted by an artist from Brantford itself, Dave Hind, who submitted it along with his team, the Aluminium Quilting Society.

Onto the artwork itself, it is a massive piece of art that contains seven figure huddled around a fire. One of these figures represents Lawren Harris himself, and the other six figures represent the rest of the group of seven, who are other individuals and industry members who had an impact on the city. To be precise, the other six figures include the poet Pauline Johnson, Chief Deskhaheh who is a Haudenosaunee hereditary, Cockshutt Plow Works, artist Arlene Laskey and a representation of the indigenous women and children of the land.

Each of the figures was painted by a separate individual from the group, and each of the figures also have diverse backstories incorporated in their histories. Hind says that while he was working on the wall art, he couldn’t tell how the final product would turn out.  He would just concentrate on his figure and wait till the others finished theirs. Overall though, this campaign turned out to be a huge success.

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