As Canada 150 comes to a close, the City of Lloydminster has a chance to make their mark on the celebrations.
At Monday’s Governance and Priorities Committee meeting, members of city council discussed the option of taking part in installing a mural of Canada 150.
“It’s a very interesting project. I think we’d all like to see a legacy project from Canada 150, and again, timing is always a challenge. We have ended the Canada 150 program, and this has been brought forward by administration with the information they received,” said Mayor Gerald Aalbers.
The city was approached in November by Mosaic Canada Murals about taking part in this project.
The goal of the project is to create 150 murals across Canada. The community mural would reflect the image of a train car, and then be attached to the Canada 150 train with all of the other Canadian murals. The train will be available to view on their website and they may have a commemorative book.
There is a cost involved in the community mural. For an 8x8 it’s $12,500 and includes up to 400 participants, 8x12 is $15,000 and includes up to 600 participants. This is an unbudgeted item.
“I’ve used the Centennial Civic Centre from 1967, and it’s indicated it was built in the centennial year, we didn’t take that opportunity to do something at Canada’s 150, so I’m certainly wondering if that’s a project we want to aim to,” said Aalbers.
He noted the mural would be more of a want than a need for the city.
“Certainly, there have been various people express questions to me throughout the year ‘what are we going to mark the Canada 150 celebration?’ and nothing really jumped out at us as fitting … so I think this is an opportunity if something comes together, it would be terrific. I don’t think it’s going to make or break anyone if we don’t do this,” said Aalbers.
In the end, council directed administration to come back with more information regarding the project, including where it would go and if it’s inside or out.
“Space is another issue; we are looking at a minimum of an 8x8 square … I think there is some more research that needs to be done on that,” said Aalbers.