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35 inspirational murals that will make you feel proud to live in Vancouver

From plain, boring plywood to colourful messages of hope and gratitude.
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A mural decorates a boarded-up storefront in Vancouver. Photo: Instagram/@ma_ma0213

As non-essential businesses across Vancouver remain boarded up during the COVID-19 pandemic, local artists have responded by turning plywood into canvases. 

They've used their skills to transform what was initially an eerily depressing sight into bright, cheerful messages of hope and gratitude

While these intricate murals are popping up all over the city, if you're properly following physical distancing guidelines that likely means you've only been able to check out the creations in your own neighbourhood. Here's a few of the many inspiring murals we found on social media over the past few days, because let's face it - we're all in need of a little positivity these days.

Have a look, and feel free to share your favourite murals with us by using the hashtag #vancouverisawesome.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

One of the most enchanting things about being creative is the ability to bring something into this world that did not previously exist . . At the start of the pandemic, I spent a lot of time thinking about how I could contribute in a meaningful way to the world. I was inspired by the healthcare warriors who were working tirelessly on the medical frontlines to ensure our collective survival. As a crimefighter myself, my mission to protect the community may look a little different, but my heart is in the trenches with them. As an artist, I wanted to leverage my creativity to help transform the narrative of this pandemic into one about hope and resilience. For me, art is about community and connection. There was truly no better time to create beauty, especially because the world has been hurting so badly . . This mural is a story about unity and empowerment. I created this piece to pay homage to the league of extraordinary real-life superheroes who have kept the COVID-19 crisis at bay. There are so many examples of bravery in all pockets of our community: from our healthcare heroes; to our first responders; to our essential front-line workers; and to my fellow artists who have found creative ways to add a sense of vibrancy and vitality back to neighbourhoods across Vancouver. We may not get to hear all of their origin stories, but we’ve witnessed their superpowers in action throughout this crisis . . The pandemic has created a shared universe where our superheroes are united in their mission to flatten the curve over Vancouver. In Latin, IN OMNIA PARATUS means “Ready for Anything”. Three simple words that carry so much meaning, and I believe it defines the hero’s journey that we are all on this year. It’s a reminder that no one is powerless when we stand together . . Deep gratitude to @kimprintsframing & @mygastown for this incredible opportunity, @evocarshare for giving me the space to share my artistic vision, @keatonlawlor for capturing this experience, and @okokkokokook for being my creative force multiplier on this journey . . Let’s all continue to do our part to reclaim our City ! . Mural location: 332 Water Street (alley), Vancouver.

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Downtown murals #vancouvermurals #vancouver #mural #fightcoronavirusπŸ’ͺ

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New work by @ihatestencils in Vancouver.

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#MakeArtWhileApart We are excited to be partnering with a number of local businesses and Business Improvement Associations to support local artists while bringing hope and positivity to the streets in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. With boarded up windows becoming an increasingly common occurrence in neighbourhoods across the city, VMF is enlisting a large group of its alumni and other local artists to donate temporary mural work to these locations. We anticipate the creation of more than 40 temporary murals across several areas in only a few days! During this project the City of Vancouver COVID-19 social distancing rules will remain in effect and all artists will be following health and safety regulations. While we understand the excitement of live mural painting we strongly urge the public to stay home and enjoy the progress of the murals by following #MakeArtWhileApart through our Instagram and Facebook. This mural was painted by @tierneymilne and @mark_illing on a boarded up storefront in Gastown as a tribute to front line workers. Photo by @dylanhamm

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DON’T WORRY. A drive by of @FRAZERCREATIVE finishing up Versace’s boarded up storefront in Downtown Vancouver for #MakeArtWhileApart @VANMURALFEST. Frazer Adams specializes in geometric and typographic digital works as well as fine art... and cocktails. Cheers to you Frazer! Nicely done. πŸ’™#begotsvancouver #begotsbritishcolumbia #begots #begotscanada #blueelfglobetrottingOFFtheshelf #jj_urbanart #muralart #streetartistry #urbanart #streerart #vancouverstreetart #vancouvermurals #signofthetimes #streetartdaily #yvrstreetart #streetartyvr #graffiti_n_wallart #streetarteverywhere #downtownvancouver #downtownvan #allthatglitters #yvrart #frazercreative #globalstreetart #vancouver #rsa_graffiti #vanmurafest #be_one_urbanart #versace

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#WIP A sign of the times, but cheer up... “SEE YOU AT THE BEACH SOON.” There’s been a lovely story unfolding in a downtown mural by @OXANA_GAIDA that I can’t wait to go back and take more pics of on my walk this afternoon. It got me all excited about beach days, especially when it’s possible to share the same picnic blanket with family and friends again. Gaidasheva Oksana has put up some masterpieces in Vancouver these past couple of years and she’s amongst other things, a great storyteller of animals as humans. And we’re all feeling like caged animals right now so it’s nice to see them out there living our lives. πŸ’™#begotsvancouver #begotsbritishcolumbia #begots #begotscanada #blueelfglobetrottingOFFtheshelf #jj_urbanart #muralart #picnic #coronastreetart #makeartwhileapart #vancouverstreetart #vanmuralfest #oxanagaida #beachlife #vancouvermurals #yvrstreetart #streetarteverywhere #covidart #yvrart #yvr #globalstreetart #picnic #vancouver #beach #animalart #seeyouatthebeachsoon #be_one_urbanart #storyboard #colourful

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When life hands you lemons, make emoji MUJI mural memories. Now say that 3 times. Thanks to @TAKASUDOART for his seemingly endless stream of emojis along Robson Street and to the speedy lemon helmeted gem who made this shot extra special. So many great murals going up for @VANMURALFEST #MAKEARTWHILEAPART More on this one later. πŸ’™#begotsvancouver #begotsbritishcolumbia #begots #begotscanada #blueelfglobetrottingOFFtheshelf #jj_urbanart #muralart #streetartistry #tv_streetart #urbanart #streetart #vancouverstreetart #vancouvermurals #vanmuralfest #streetartdaily #yvrstreetart #streetartyvr #graffiti_n_wallart #streetarteverywhere #sprayart #takasudo #muralart #emoji #globalstreetart #rsa_graffiti #robsonstreet #be_one_urbanart #sprayart #colourful

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#thankyoufrontliners #covid19 #vancouvermurals #purebreadvancouver Artist: @stephnewoodart

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Egg art, even in strange times. Photo/Art: @cat_doxford

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Somewhere over the rainbow, bunnies and paper planes fly by... as in this part of a larger mural by @ANIMALITOLAND for @VANMURALFEST on a boarded up storefront in Vancouver. Beyond the dreamscape, the star of this post is obviously Nikita @NIKITAS_ADVENTURE This Shiba Inu had no interest in chasing rabbits. She’s just that sweet. πŸ’™#begotsvancouver #begotsbritishcolumbia #begots #begotscanada #blueelfglobetrottingOFFtheshelf #jj_urbanart #muralart #streetartistry #urbanart #animalitoland #vancouverstreetart #vancouvermurals #streetartdaily #tv_streetart #yvrstreetart #streetartyvr #nikitas_adventure #graffiti_n_wallart #streetarteverywhere #somewhereovertherainbow #shibasofinstagram #yvr #globalstreetart #vancouver #rsa_graffiti #shibainu #vanmuralfest #be_one_urbanart #sprayart #makeartwhileapart

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LISTEN...... πŸ”Š . Dr Teresa Lam & Dr. Bonnie Henry . Local Artist painting buildings during this global pandemic for the #plywoodproject. . This project is supported by @kimprintsframing @vanmuralfest @robsonstreet @southgranville. . Left 🎨 @breecesartpieces98 Right 🎨 @abi.t.t . . Thanks For Making @vancouver Beautiful In Such A Dark, Uncertain Time! ❀️ . #makeartwhileapart . . πŸ“Έ @pictureperfect1013 ™οΈ© . . #exploreyourcity #streetartyvr #vancouverstreetartist #streetartphotography #streetartaddiction #streetarteverywhere #streetartworldwide #streetartwork #southgranville @goodbyegraffitiinc #graffiti #talanted #artistsoninstagram #vancityart #cityofvancouver #ourgastown #downtownvancouver #love #hope #care #support #socialdistancing #besafe #be smart #downtownvancouver #smile #smiles #doctor #medicine #healthcare

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#makeartwhileapart beautiful walk

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SHARING IS CARING. Another fly through Gastown to the 1st wave of murals on boarded up businesses just off Water Street. A particular fave of mine by @CEEBOOTS and @OLIVIAKNIGHTART These two gals have been keeping it positive, colourful and cheery while working on a few walls together these past few weeks. πŸ’™#begotsvancouver #begotsgastown #begotsbritishcolumbia #begots #begotscanada #tv_streetart #blueelfglobetrottingOFFtheshelf #jj_urbanart #muralart #streetartistry #urbanart #streerart #vancouverstreetart #streetartvancouver #graff #streetartdaily #yvrstreetart #streetartyvr #graffiti_n_wallart #streetarteverywhere #gastown #yvrart #yvr #globalstreetart #vancouver #rsa_graffiti #bird #be_one_urbanart #colourful #sharingiscaring

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“This Time Is An Offering, To Learn And Strive. Make Good Use Of The Moment, Use It Well, Use It Wisely. Reflect, Rekindle, Recharge, And Stand Strong. Reach Out, Spread The Word, That We Are In This Together.” @EMS_PORTFOLIO for @KIMPRINTSFRAMING who boarded up her shop and called on artists to paint the plywood in Gastown. Emerald Repard-Denniston is a 2nd year art student at the Ontario College of Art and Design who had help from her sister, and her mom, who wrote the poem within the mural. Nicely done fam! And thank you to the guy down the street who was power washing all the paint splatter off the sidewalk. πŸ™πŸ»πŸ˜ŠπŸ’™#begotsvancouver #begotsgastown #begotsbritishcolumbia #begotscanada #begots #begotstravels #blueelfglobetrottingofftheshelf #streetartyvr #yvrstreetart #vancouver #yvr #vancity #gastown #604 #vancouvermural #covidstreetart #covidmural #globalstreetart #plywoodmurals #vancouverstreetart #masklife #streetartdaily #facemasks #dailyhivevan #ourgastown #covidyvr #gastownmurals

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