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Art History 150

Chinatown Dragon (February 2013)

The Chinatown Dragons are a partnership with the City of Victoria and the final installation in the Art History 150 project, celebrating the sesquicentennial of the City. The hanging double dragons are suspended above Government Street, both north and south of Fisgard, in Victoria's Chinatown. The dragons were designed by local artist Steve Milroy (below).


Justice (September 2012)

Lady Justice is the second installment of the Downtown Victoria Business Association's Art History 150 project in the downtown core. The project follows the completion of the mural of Queen Victoria on Gordon Street in February 2012 and was a collaboration with the Victoria Integrated Court which aimed to create a sense of community while increasing the visual appeal of the downtown. Judges, lawyers and clients of the Integrated Court painted squares beside stakeholders, partners, and members of the public in order to bring awareness to the work of the Victoria Integrated Court.

Local artist Steve Milroy of Wonderworks oversaw the creative process of the mural, titled Justice. It is a 30 foot by 16 foot mural comprised of 120 individual 2 foot by 2 foot panels forming the image of Lady Justice. Each panel consists of a scene, word, or image which has a positive meaning to the artist and fits with the overall theme of freedom and the colour scheme of the panel.  The finished mural was installed at 533 Chatham Street in September, 2012, to help rehabilitate a location in the downtown that was formerly troubled with graffiti and vandalism.

Victoria (February 2012)

The first installment in a year-long project to commemorate Victoria's 150th anniversary was unveiled in February, 2012, in a ceremony on Gordon Street. The mural named Victoria depicts the naming of the City after Queen Victoria.

The Victoria mural was a partnership between the DVBA and downtown property owner Rick Arora, painted by local muralist, Steve Milroy, who is renowned for his work in schools.  During the Art History 150 project, the DVBA is working with downtown property and business owners and a variety of artists, both professional and amateur, to capture various moments of the past 150 years.

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