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 provide 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 brought in a batch of new artists and murals for its annual BUMP Festival. This event celebrates public art with a number of activations throughout the month of August including mural tours, live music and artist talks. 17th Ave and its surrounding area are currently home to more than 20 of these spectacular works of art, which you can check out at 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 represents an expression of love and emotion. 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’s met and the places he’s been. In his BUMP Mural, he painted Simone Saunders, another local artist known for 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 2022
Learn more about the 2022 Bump Festival at the link below!