The City of Lacombe, and the Lacombe Public Art Collection Committee are pleased to announce the City`s participation in the creation of a Canada 150 Mural Mosaic for downtown in the fall of 2018.
This is going to be a fun event held during the Culture & Harvests Festival in September. Citizens, organizations, teams and classmates ages 6+ can work together to help create this fantastic mosaic! Each participant will paint a design of their own on a tile that will become part of the big picture highlighting some of Lacombe’s history and what currently makes Lacombe so special. Approximately 480 tiles will be painted during this two day event.
Earlier this year, citizens were asked via social media, what they wanted to see featured in the mosaic. Of the forty-seven themes/suggestions put forth by the community, the most frequent were the Flat Iron Building, trees, people/community, and the Research Station. While the first three were relatively easy to incorporate into a mosaic, the Research Station had many options. After some discussion, the Lacombe Pig was selected, because was the first strain of livestock developed in Canada during the 1940’s & 50’s by Jack Stothart and Howard Fredeen of Lacombe. Sadly as of this year, there are only eight purebred Lacombe Pigs in left Canada, and it is listed as a “critically endangered heritage breed of farm livestock” on the Rare Breeds Canada Conservation List. The mosaic is the perfect medium to ensure that this affable four-legged member of our community’s history is not forgotten.
Lacombe’s mural will be included in a tabletop book featuring all the murals created for the Canada 150 Mosaic project. Copies of the book may be ordered at the event in September. Further information about the entire Canada 150 Mosaic project can be found at http://canada150mosaic.com/
Tiles will be painted in the Servus Credit Union Room in the Lacombe Memorial Centre on September 28 & 29th, but you must sign up first! To secure your time to paint a tile, please visit https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/2281237/true#/invitation . Those without internet access may call Maureen MacKenzie at 403-782-1258 for assistance.