Banners to Hang in Canadian City

Date: 21 Feb 2011 Comments: 0

For the fifth year running, a range of beautiful banner signs are to be hung in the streets of Prince Rupert. The city, which is located on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada, will see a range of banners designed by students, as part of celebrating the work of local artists.

Begun in 2006, the scheme is headed by art teacher Tasha Parker of Prince Rupert Secondary School. After being approached by Civic Pride’s Charlotte Rowse, Ms Parker started the banner sign initiative in regular art classes, with the theme of the first year being ‘under the sea’. Banners that year were hung in Cow Bay to bring life and colour to the streets, but over the following years the banners have slowly progressed into other areas of the city, including the downtown area.

Speaking of her role in the project, Ms Parker revealed: “If the banners didn’t look so nice when they were hung up, I wouldn’t agree to keep doing the project,” she said. “But the end result is worth it. This town is so empty, the streets downtown have near to nothing in them, so if there are colourful banners hopefully people will look at them instead of the emptiness.”

In 2011 approximately 60 banners will be erected, all with a First Nations theme. In addition to the Cow Bay and downtown areas, banners will also be hung in Cruise Ship Dock, Mariner Park, Waterfront Park, and Second Avenue. With the banner signs not only bringing life to dull areas but also showcasing the talent of local young artists, it is hoped that the fantastic scheme will continue long into the future.

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