Downtown Murals

Mission’s biggest mural along the Hwy 7 corridor completed in August 2022, thanks to a collaborative partnership between the City of Mission, UFV, and the Mission Downtown Business Association. This project began as a conversation between the Mission Crime Prevention Office and the DBA almost a year ago as a way of exploring options to combat and prevent graffiti, bring more art and vibrancy to our downtown core, and celebrate the community of Mission. Stephanie Key, from the City of Mission’s Parks, Recreation, and Culture department, and Miriam Bozman, Executive Director of the DBA, decided to champion the project forward as part of the City’s Public Art Policy and Program. Through a desire to put a spotlight on young, emerging artists, they soon reached out to UFV for a partnership with their School of Creative Arts and Professor Chris Friesen.

 

Students were given loose guidelines for the project; it had to be in a contemporary abstract style and it had to reflect the community of Mission somehow. Community members invested in Mission arts and culture were invited to participate in the art review and selection committee, which reviewed presentations of eight designs from four teams of students. The committee selected the design created by Jungyi Zhang called The Four Seasons, but they had one stipulation; the mountain shown in the landscape needed to be a local one. The mural was designed to be enjoyed by car as you drive by in either direction, showcasing the progression of the four seasons through a landscape of colors that represent Mission. On the left, blues and greens represent the incredible natural beauty of our area as well as our fishing and forestry industries. The center features the Fraser River in front of Mount Judge Howay. Moving to the right and into fall, the magenta and pink are representative of BC salmon, the Caitlin rhododendron (the official flower of Mission) and cherry blossoms, which represent our sister city of Oyama, Japan. Moving into winter, you’ll see darker shades representing the rich history of the Mission railways.

 

The project organizers would like to thank the community for their support, encouragement, and patience through this project. They would also like to thank the students and Professor Chris Friesen, who worked tirelessly on this project and have left a legacy for all of Mission to enjoy for years to come.

Downtown Mural

Mission City 1930

Artist: Dean and Christina Lauze of D’Arts

Year: 2005

Location: 33365 First Avenue

Early downtown Mission based upon a combination of historic images and the creative license of the artists.  The mural project was undertaken by the Mission District Historical Society through their fundraising efforts.  Donors are listed in the mural.

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Railway Mural

Artist:  Doug Carious

Year: Unknown

Location: 33129 North Railway

Artist’s interpretation of the injustices experienced by Japanese-Canadians during World War II including their uprooting illustrated through the inclusion of the Mission CPR Station where local Japanese were shipped off to internment centres.

Mission Library

Our Home Town

Artist: Dean and Christina Lauze of D’Arts

Year: 2013

Location: Mission Archives Building - 33215 2nd Avenue

District of Mission 120th Anniversary Commemorative mural illustrating keystones of the community’s development based upon historic images housed in the Archives.

 

 

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Rise

Artist: Doug Carious and Mission youth

Year: 2012/2013

Location: 33265 North Railway

Creative Works, a division of Mission Youth Unlimited received a District of Mission 120 year Anniversary Grant to paint a mural depicting youth involved in different activities making the community a better place.

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Lane Mural

Artist: Unknown at present

Year: Unknown at present

Location: 33174 1st Avenue

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Railway Mural

Artist: Unknown at present

Year: Unknown at present

Location:  North Railway

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Old Movie Theatre Mural

Artist: Unknown at present

Year: Unknown at present

Location: 33017 1st Avenue

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Tires Plus Trucks Mural

Artist: Unknown at present

Year: Unknown at present

Location: 33419 First Avenue

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Flowers on Railway

Artist: Unknown at present

Year: Unknown at present

Location: North Railway

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Wentings Cycle Mural

Artist: Unknown at present

Year: Unknown at present

Location: 33245 North Railway