Township of Langley residents are invited to get in the picture and celebrate Canada and the many communities that define our nation, starting this Saturday on Canada Day.
To mark Canada’s 150 birthday, a Photo Mosaic Mural is being created by the Township. The project is designed to bring together members of the Township’s six urban communities, First Nations, and rural areas to celebrate their diversity, heritage, and inclusivity, both as a municipality and as Canadians, during the nation’s sesquicentennial year.
The result will be a legacy public art piece made up of thousands of individual portraits of residents, which will illustrate the coming together of Township communities in celebration of our Canadian heritage.
To collect the photos that will make up the mural, a “selfie booth” will be on site during at least 10 community events and festivals in 2017. Township staff will be on hand to help capture images of community members at the events, starting with the Township’s Canada Day celebrations at the Langley Centennial Museum in Fort Langley, on Saturday, July 1. Residents are encourage to stop by and pose for a picture in support of the project.
The Community of Communities Photo Mosaic Mural will be created with the assistance of the federal government, which contributed a $30,000 grant through the Department of Canadian Heritage Canada 150 Fund. Parliamentary Secretary Jonathan Wilkinson made the funding announcement on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, in Vancouver on June 2, and highlighted the Township’s project in his remarks.
The completed mural will be displayed as a public art piece in a community facility where it will be accessible for years to come.