NEW MURAL LAUNCHES STREET
PARTY Musqueam weaver and graphic designer Debra Sparrow (shown here) will be painting a mural on the two towering cement pillars of the Granville Street Bridge near the Granville Island Public Market next Saturday (May 12). It’s all part of a series called Blanketing the City, in which the Vancouver Mural Festival is helping to celebrate the resurgence of Coast Salish weaving by having contemporary artists like Sparrow turn Indigenous textile patterns into giant murals in public spaces. Sparrow’s work will also be the centrepiece of a new, free public event on Granville Island called Art Smash, which runs the same day from 1 to 9 p.m. and features eight new murals and an all-ages street party. Other participating artists include Spain’s Ruben Sanchez, Sandeep Johal, and Jnasty. Blanketing the City continues this summer with installations in Strathcona and Mount Pleasant. The VMF’S annual summer festival takes place from August 6 to 11 this year.