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Winnipeg Mural Of The Year Winner Announced

WINNIPEG, MB. — A Winnipeg mural by Brazilian artists Bruno Smoky and Shalak Attack has won an award.

The Murals of Winnipeg website chose the duo’s ‘Mending’ work as the 2016 Mural of the Year.

The five storey tall mural, located at Main Street’s Vineyard Church, depicts a lone indigenous woman of the Americas holding a sewing needle with spool of thread and a human heart in her hands.

Specific mural imagery and elements evoke themes of Truth and Reconciliation and pays homage to murdered and missing indigenous women in the heart of a neighbourhood most affected by it.

‘Mending’ was the leading vote-getter from 29 independent judges who scrutinized the field of 30 new outdoor murals from 2016.

“Once again our judges have done a wonderful job in making such a worthy selection for this award,” says website founder Bob Buchanan.

‘Mending’ marks the first time in the 15 year history of this annual Winnipeg award that an all-aerosol mural has won the award.

The husband and wife artistic team, who paint collectively under the moniker Clandestinos are currently rendering large scale murals in Amsterdam.

“We are so honoured by this award,” says Shalak.

“It was just as much of an impacting project for us personally as well as professionally. It went deep and all the energy and experience was unforgettable.”

Vineyard Church Pastor John Rademaker says “this project has turned an ugly wall into a significant statement in this locale for the entire city to see and enjoy.”

The awards will be presented Thursday at noon.

—MyToba News

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