Edmonton’s first Paint the Rails art installation was unveiled at the Churchill LRT station on Friday.
The installation, a tribute to missing Aboriginal women in the city, is one of six murals to be painted in LRT stations across Edmonton. Other stations participating include the University, Clareview, Coliseum, Corona and Kingsway LRT stations.
Paint the Rails is one of the city’s Canada 150 legacy projects.
Maigan Vandergiessen, creative lead for the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights, said Paint the Rails is a story-telling project that collects stories from different community members and cultural communities.
“Each mural is really – in collecting community stories – defining ‘what are those important local stories we need to tell’ and inviting community in to be a part of that telling,” she said.
“Two lead artists are working with young emerging artists and mentoring them, but really it’s about capturing larger community stories in a variety of ways.”
Vandergiessen said the project will consist of murals, storytelling sessions and a children’s book.
The mural at the University LRT station will get underway in January. The entire project is expected to take two years to complete.