Past Leaders are now Giants
July 03, 2012
Famous Five inspire latest Giants of Edmonton Mural
They fought for women’s rights in Canada, paved the way for women in government and now the efforts of the Famous Five are being commemorated as the eighth addition to the Giants of Edmonton mural series. A large mural honouring the 5 female activists and honorary senators now decorates the side of the Melcor parkade located at 10027-102 Street NW.
“The Giants of Edmonton recognizes the people and places that have contributed to making Edmonton a great city,” said Mayor Stephen Mandel. “The Giants is a creative way to deter graffiti vandalism while at the same time creating more beautiful, public spaces in Edmonton.”
The Giants of Edmonton Mural Program is a partnership between Capital City Clean Up’s Graffiti Management Program and 630 CHED. The mural, by local artist Kris Friesen, depicts portraits of Emily Murphy, Irene Parlby, Louise McKinney, Henrietta Muir Edwards and Nellie McClung interspersed with images of women’s activism throughout the decades since the landmark decision in 1929 that recognized women as persons under Canadian law.
The City of Edmonton worked closely with the Edmonton and Area Famous 5 Society on the mural concept to ensure accuracy. Melcor Developments Ltd. provided the space for the mural as part of its participation in the Giants of Edmonton Mural Program.
“630 CHED and Melcor Developments have been incredible partners in this project and are motivated by their interest in improving the community,” said Sharon Chapman, Project Manager, Graffiti Management Program. “We are proud to be recognizing the Famous Five and promoting Alberta’s history while encouraging a safe, and inviting urban space free of graffiti vandalism.”
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