Soul Gardens mural at Hastings and Hawk. Photo courtesy of @ArtsVancouver

Soul Gardens is a community public art project led by W2 Community Media Arts that investigates the cultural history of the Downtown Eastside (DTES) as told through stories of food, gardening, and community. A collaboration between five muralists and five artist researchers the project draws heavily on individual and shared narratives within founding DTES cultural groups including the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam Nations, and African, Chinese, Japanese and European settlers.

In addition to a large public mural, Soul Gardens will create a dynamic online interface inviting individuals to share recipes, stories, photos and other information about how food has played a role in shaping their experience of Vancouver.

Jordan Bent, Indigo, Scott Sueme, Melanie Shambach, Take5.

Wayde Compton, Lani Russwurm, Anne Marie Slater, Sid Tan and Cease Wyss.

View more photos and videos documenting the mural on AHA Media’s website.

The mural is located on a wall of the Astoria Hotel building and can be viewed at the intersection of East Hastings Street and Hawks Avenue.

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With support from the City of Vancouver’s Celebrate Vancouver 125 Murals and Great Beginnings programs and the participation of the Government of Canada.

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