Beltline’s Urban Mural Project (BUMP)
If you’ve wandered into the Beltline community within the past few years, there’s a good chance you come across one of the 50 + murals located on various infrastructure and buildings through Calgary’s downtown core as a part of the Beltline’s Urban Mural Project (BUMP). These thought-provoking murals have enriched the streets of Calgary’s urban landscape, and provided an accessible, vibrant and diverse exhibition of local, National and International artists to Calgary’s downtown communities, including 17th Ave.
Find BUMP Murals on 17th Ave
The Beltline Urban Mural Project (BUMP) began in 2017, and each August since, has held the BUMP Festival, which brings in a new batch of artists and murals, as well as celebrates public art with a number of activations including mural tours, live music and artist talks. 17th Ave and its surrounding area are home to 15 of these spectacular works of art, including 7 of which were completed in the last year. You can take BUMP’s guided tour of the Red Mile Murals, Cruisin’ 17th, here!
BUMP Artists Featured on 17th Ave
Amongst the many captivating works of art found along 17th Ave is local Calgarian, painter and mural artist, Michelle Hoogveld’s mural, titled “Love, Said The People.” Hoogveld’s mural was created for the 2020 festival, and weaves together bold, geometric shapes with a turquoise gradient, and is representative of an expression of love, and the different emotions that run through one’s mind. Fellow Calgarian Alex Kwong’s “Simona Lisa,” was also completed in 2020, and can be found just off 17th Ave and 7th Street. Kwong’s work focuses on sharing stories of the people he has met and places he has been, and in this case, is an image of another local artist, Simone Saunders, in an effort to bring light to some of the work she does in the community. Hoogveld and Kwong are accompanied on 17th Ave by several other Calgarians, as well as artists hailing from Montreal, Vancouver and Edmonton.
BUMP Festival 2021
Learn more about the 2021 Bump Festival at the link below, and don’t forget to check out phase one of their new Road Work Series! Created by three local artists, you can view their painted container parakeets made to be used as public gathering spaces at Kensington Plaza and on 17th Ave, between 9th and 10th Street SW!