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.

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

Researchers:
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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