Hon­our­ing the past

Wolfville mu­ral brings his­tory, po­etry to life


A mu­ral cre­ated to hon­our the past will be a last­ing re­minder of the Town of Wolfville’s 125th an­niver­sary.

Hal­i­fax broth­ers Michael and Dan Burt spent four days work­ing on the east side of Herbin Jewellers to cre­ate some magic.

The duo took el­e­ments from the town’s his­tory and the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment to cre­ate the piece. In­spi­ra­tion also came from a line of po­etry from John Fred­eric Herbin’s book Marsh­lands.

“The tide flows out as the day ex­pands,” Michael said, which made them think about dawn and dusk. Wolfville’s en­dan­gered chim­ney swift pop­u­la­tion is cen­tral to the de­sign.

The broth­ers used the ex­ist­ing chim­ney on the site to show the sea­sonal winged vis­i­tors ex­it­ing the night­time roost.

For the dusk por­tion of the mu­ral, the Burts painted the old M.V. Ki­pawo leav­ing the Wolfville wharf. A moon is ris­ing be­hind the fer­ry­boat, but the moon is also a clock.

Herbin started sell­ing clocks in Wolfville in 1885. He was once mayor of the town and the founder of the na­tional his­toric site in Grand Pre.

Peter Herbin and his son, John, who op­er­ate the fam­ily store, en­joyed watch­ing the mu­ral un­fold on the can­vas they con­trib­uted.

Ra­fuse Home Hard­ware do­nated three gal­lons of paint to­ward the town project. The Wolfville 125 com­mit­tee se­lected the lo­cal iconic images.

Michael Burt and Joe Cook founded the Black Book Col­lec­tive in 2014. They’re con­vinced that art on walls re­duces graf­fiti.

The firm was hired in 2016 to paint a mu­ral in down­town Hal­i­fax for the Toronto Rap­tors. Among other com­mis­sions was a memo­rial for bas­ket­ball player Tyler Richards in Mul­grave Park. The arts col­lec­tive has cre­ated mu­ral in clubs, restau­rants, gyms, and of­fices.


Hal­i­fax broth­ers Michael and Dan Burt re­cently teamed up to trans­form the east side of Wolfville’s Herbin Jewellers build­ing into a ma­jes­tic mu­ral.


The mu­ral in Wolfville is partly in­spired by the town’s his­tory.

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