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New mural beautifies Centre Street in Calgary, transforming it from ‘Walk of Doom’ into ‘Magic Walk’

The Centre Street mural pictured on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. Global News

A group of artists is painting a mural along Calgary’s Centre Street — a project that hopes to change negative perceptions of the area by brightening it up.

Designed by three artists and painted with the help of dozens of volunteers, the mural “reflects the flavour” of the Crescent Heights community with references to its architecture, landmarks and people, according to Sandra Neill, director of the Crescent Heights Community Association.

Painters work on the Centre Street retaining wall mural on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. Global News

She said the project will make strolling the space more enjoyable. Neill explained that the stretch was known as the “Walk of Doom” because it felt claustrophobic, unsafe and loud; now it’s the “Magic Walk.”

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“When you walk up this route here, it’s long and it’s boring, especially going up — maybe not so much going down [because] you have the beautiful streetscape. So it was a kind of a problem area for our community and we wanted to create a different environment for people to walk up here,” she said Sunday.

“We really want it to be a fun journey for them… I think with all this colour, it will be more exciting for people to walk here.”

The Centre Street mural pictured on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. Global News

Painters have been working on the piece, which is located on a retaining wall between Samis Road and 7 Avenue N.W., since Friday.

It was funded by the City of Calgary Parking Revenue Reinvestment Program.

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