Mural captures history, vision of Stony Plain Library
Town unveils, dedicates newest mural
The next time you visit the Stony Plain Public Library, you will be greeted by a vivid display of colour and imagination, showcased in a beautiful painting on the exterior of the building.
The Town of Stony Plain’s newest mural – simply called “The Book” – is complete and was formally unveiled by Mayor William Choy and members of Town Council in a short dedication ceremony outside of the Library on Sat., Sept. 22.
“Stony Plain already has a solid reputation for quality public art, and this new mural will help strengthen that even more,” Choy says. “I think it is fitting that the community has an original piece of artwork that not only pays homage to one of our most-treasured amenities but to literacy, reading and life-long learning as well.”
Other dignitaries in attendance at the dedication included Ken Lemke, MLA for Stony Plain; Carol Humpheries, president of the Friends of the Library; Tamara Van Biert, director of the Stony Plain Public Library; and Kim Phuc, the Vietnamese-Canadian who, as a child, was depicted in the iconic, Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph taken during the Vietnam War in 1972. Phuc was the keynote speaker at the annual Tri-Municipal Region’s Mayors’ Prayer breakfast held earlier the same day.
Designed by James Mackay, a local artist, the 12-foot-by-eight-foot mural captures the history, vision and importance of the Stony Plain Public Library in community. It depicts the three buildings that have housed the Library throughout its 67 years in operation, demonstrating the changes within the community over the decades.
The outdoor painting boasts the traditional lamppost that helps illustrate Stony Plain’s heritage, an old car and a vivid depiction of the technological advancements of books to computers. An innovative component of the painting is the silhouette drawings of children’s faces, captured within bubbles that flow from the book in the painting. This community involvement piece features faces of children who have attended the Library.
Other silhouettes portrayed in one of the bubbles is Cornelia Wood, a former Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta who represented the Stony Plain electorate from 1940 to 1955, and a “mystery” person, who was integral to the development of the Stony Plain Public Library.
Funding for the approximately $6,000 project was sourced by the Friends of the Library.
About James Mackay
James Mackay is a local artist living in Parkland County and the owner of Out There Art. The majority of his artwork is commissioned custom paintwork on a variety of surfaces by both corporate and private clients. Airbrush is the medium most commonly used; however, Mackay employs other mediums when necessary to achieve a particular look. The Town has previously commissioned Mackay to design some of the other murals in Stony Plain.
About the Town of Stony Plain Murals Collection
The Town of Stony Plain retains all the warmth and charm of its deep cultural and agricultural roots through its extensive murals collection. Designed by artists from across Canada, more than 30 outdoor paintings, ranging in size and scope, depict colourful scenes and characters from Stony Plain's past, adorning buildings throughout the community. Guided tours are offered through the Multicultural Heritage Centre.
The Town of Stony Plain is committed to preserving the community’s culture and heritage, while strengthening a sense of connectedness by fostering community support, hospitality and harmony. Cultural Vitality is one of the four strategies of the Community Sustainability Plan, which governs how the Town of Stony Plain conducts its business.