An local street artist hopes his mural of Swedish activist Greta Thunberg will leave an impression on Edmontonians and keep the conversation going.
“I just feel like as an artist it’s my job to record the times we are in and kind of reflect them,” Louden said.
“I think as a public artist especially, that’s something that’s important that I do.”
Louden said that he he believes the climate crisis is a complicated problem, but by painting a public figure that has become synonymous with the issue, he can keep people engaged.
“If I’d painted a climate researcher or maybe a more local activist… it wouldn’t have had that same impact,” Louden said.
“When I’m painting art like this in public, my hope is that it becomes a talking point.”
He said that he believes that Thunberg’s team has embraced her celebrity and used it as a way to ‘attract attention’ to the issue of climate change, and he hopes his piece will do the same, regardless of political beliefs.
“I think we can’t be so bitterly divided that we aren’t able to collaborate,” said Louden.
The piece took about 2.5 hours to complete.