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Forward Together

Artist:
Stan Matwychuk
Year: 2022
Type: 
  • Mural
Medium(s): 
  • Paint
Status: In Place

Description

This mural is a permanent painting on the side of a building which was commissioned by Stanhope Developments and curated by the DOS. It was painted to honour Squamish’s train history, and it features a steam train travelling through green mountains and across a blue lower background, with the words “Forward Together”.

Artist Statement

This work takes into account the local train history of the downtown Squamish area through a hand spray painted and brush work mural. Many years ago it was common place for trains to be barged up the Howe Sound, tied to Shore, and then they would continue up the valley. This community is ever evolving, which created a theme for this mural of working together for a common cause as there is a tainted past from the history of the railroad. However, remembering, reconciling, and learning from our collective past experiences will aid and lead to better future inclusive decision making. If we forget, we are doomed to repeat Forward Together.”

Stan Matwychuk is a versatile artist at Homebase Studios who has lived in the Sea to Sky Corridor for over two decades. He transitioned from Whistler to Squamish in 2010, where he has left his mark through murals, art classes, and community initiatives. Stan has spearheaded various mural projects, fostering artistic expression and community collaboration.

With a background in graphic illustration and design, Stan’s expertise extends to outdoor and indoor murals, live art facilitation, and creative consultation. He emphasizes the importance of creativity in driving innovation and community engagement, embodying this ethos through his diverse projects and collaborations.

Location

Address:
37740, 3 Avenue, Squamish, British Columbia, V8B, Canada.

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