For many runners, the Vancouver Sun Run is the culmination of months of hard work fitting in training runs and pushing past obstacles to reach their goals. It is also a moment to feel the energy of an extended community of runners that may not know each other’s names, but are united by their commitment to health, fitness and community spirit.
Especially after this past year of extraordinary challenge and hardship, Shaw wants to help Vancouverites have this moment of energy and excitement as they complete their runs safely in their own communities.
Shaw has partnered with three local artists to create sidewalk murals in popular running areas throughout Vancouver to brighten up your runs. For every photo of these murals posted on social media tagged with #ShawBrightRun, Shaw will donate $5 to Arts Umbrella to inspire the next generation of artists and creators in Vancouver*.
Andrew Tavukciyan is a Vancouver–based visual artist and graduate of Emily Carr University of Art + Design’s industrial design major, currently focusing on mural work.
“The inspiration for this design was conceived last year when working on a COVID related piece that was addressing connection in a time of isolation. The individual elements started out isolated, but as the piece progressed they were able to reach out and make connections. I wanted to expand on that idea for this design, but in a way that addressed the context of running. Now the individual elements are reaching out with relay batons as they pull one another forward along the path.”
Grace Gihm is a visual art instructor at Arts Umbrella. She has been teaching art over 14 years in the Lower Mainland. Besides teaching, she enjoys digital and darkroom photography, graphic design and painting.
“For this year’s Sun Run, I wanted to create a mural that visually captures shared experiences of this fun community event, and to highlight the cultural significance of the downtown location in which the mural will be installed. In my design, the overlapping lines suggest the busy movements of lower limbs during walking, jogging or running, and the distinct shape of an arc reflects the architectural style of a roundhouse situated next to Marinaside Crescent in Yaletown with its historic railway past.”
Carrielynn is fueled by the passion to leave positive footprints on the earth. She is a descendant of Coast Salish ancestors that have been sustained by S’olh Temexw (our land) since time immemorial & Western European ancestors that settled in what is now Canada. Carrielynn was born and raised in S’olh Temexw and nurtured by many parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles.
“A figure running at daybreak. The movement created by the runner leaves an imprint on the world around them, a pattern that tells a story of the ups and downs of their training and dedication, as well as their thoughts. This piece is Inspired by the stories of runners who walked and ran the 100 Mile Moccasin Walk between Vancouver and Hope in the early 1970’s.”