Centennial Mural

Centennial Mural


The story of MRU depicted through art
This centennial project left a lasting legacy for all community members to enjoy — a massive mural mosaic that depicts significant people and stories connected to Mount Royal over the past 100 years.

content_cen_mural_before_afterThe Mural Mosaic Project, which hangs at the University's East Gate Entrance, is 10-metres wide and made of approximately 200 panels. As a whole it tells one big story, but each panel also tells its own story.

Each image reflects the heart of Mount Royal and pays tribute to the real people responsible for creating the premier undergraduate learning organization it is today.

For more images of the mural and of Mount Royal's centennial closing ceremony, visit our photo gallery.Before and afterLead artist Lewis Lavoie designed the mural and created the base panels for the artists - each of whom had a connection to the school - to work from.

Lewis Lavoie, director of Mural Mosaic.

Each artist worked on a before panel that was painted with rough colour suggests and general line guidelines. In some cases artists also received subject suggestions. None of them knew what the larger assembled image was going to be.

Lavoie also painted some of the individual panels, including one representing Mount Royal's convocation.

“It is fun to work this way,” said Lavoie said at the time.

“I love the aspect of working as a group of artists, but there is still independence. It is a great collaborative feeling.

Visit the Mural Mosaic website for a picture and description of each panel.

Celebrating differences

A specialist in murals, Lavoie loves to see the different styles of all the artists come together. Sometimes he even organizes painting parties so they can work together.

And when it comes to giving artists some guidelines so their piece of the puzzle will fit in nicely, Lavoie said the artists embrace the challenge.

“Most artists like to break rules, but not to destroy something. They go to the line, but don’t cross it,” he said. “Some of the best panels are created that way.”

Rodney Clark of of Rodney's Oyster House celebrates his panel at the 2010 Pearls of Wisdom event, for which he supplies fresh lobsters and oysters each year.