One of the newest murals in Strathcona, part of the 2020 Vancouver Mural Festival.
Artist: Thomas Cannell
Artist Statement: “In Coast Salish culture, we teach our children that whenever a creature shows up frequently, this is a sign telling us to focus on areas of personal growth. I’ve created this imagery of caterpillars and a butterfly to bring awareness to the transformations we take for granted.
I designed a Butterfly story because she symbolizes great transformation and personal growth within the young and young at heart, in many different cultures around the world.
With such power attributed to something so gentle, Butterflies are a symbol of life, so fragile. Every action, no matter how large or small, will bring an opposite reaction. The Butterfly reminds us to be aware and create balance and unity in our mind and spirit.
What if that change you’ve been afraid of is the one that gives you wings, for, when the caterpillar could not go any further, she began to fly”
Curator: Sierra Tasi Baker
Photography: Gabriel Martins Photography
Commissioned by: Strathcona BIA
“Give It Time” is sure to inspire and connect us to ourselves and one another in powerful ways for years to come.