Famous Kunamokst Mural ... at the Galiano Inn!
The Kunamokst Mural is an incredible mural, designed and orchestrated by the artists of Mural Mosaic: Lewis Lavoie, Phil Alain and Paul Lavoie.
BeginningsThe Mural was initiated by the Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa, and Artists (and art ambassadors) on Galiano Island. The creative artists at Mural Mosaic were approached, and "Kunamokst, Coastal Inspirations" was born.
The MysteryThe Mystery? ... no one knew "the Big Picture". Each artist was given a panel, and asked to follow its colours and general outline, but they could create any art they wished, as long as it depicted the wild West Coast.
For months, suspense built, as individual panels were gradually revealed. But no one knew the final image of a beautiful mother orca and her calf.
Olympic UnveilingFinally: the moment arrived for the Mystery to be unveiled...and it was a highlight of a time that had many highlights.
It was officially unveiling during the Winter Olympics. Artists from across British Columbia, as well as the creators from Mural Mosaic, were there as the excitement built to the unveiling.
The ArtistsThere were 190 artists involved from various regions along the coast, from Mexico to British Columbia: internationally renowned artists, French Canadian artists, Galiano artists.
Galiano Island artist Kenna Fair was a key initiator and other Galiano artists like Tish Saunders, Keith Holmes and over 30 others from Galiano were part of the creative force. First Nations artists like critically acclaimed Roy Henry Vickers and April White, and iconic Canadian artist Robert Bateman participated. Many of the 190 artists have been featured on the world stage as well. Special guest artists include California world renowned whale muralist Wyland and California muralist Judy Baca. Kunamokst involved artists as young as 16 years old to artists over 90 years old.
Galiano IslandThe Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, the Honourable Steven L. Point, opened the ceremonies on Galiano and led the bagpipe procession to an excited crowd.
The mural is now owned by the people of Galiano, held by a society, and enjoyed by all in its host location in the architecturally stunning Galiano Oceanfront Inn & Spa.
Kunamokst, Chinook jargon for "Together"...
represents the best of West Coast artists ... within the magic of Mural Mosaic.
View an interactive site about the mural at www.muralmosaic.com/kunamokst.html
Learn more about Galiano's mural artists, and purchase your own limited edition of this beautiful painting, or an interactive "make-your-own-mural" book, visit www.kunamokstmural.com.