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Birding in Guelph – Mural Workshop with Emmanuel Jarus
August 7 at 5:00 pm to 6:30 pmFree
Passionate about public art? Big on birding? Mad about murals?
Join Main Street Mural Artist, Emmanuel Jarus, Chris Earley, Interpretive Biologist and Education Coordinator at The Arboretum, and Jen Rafter, the City’s Cultural Program and Event Coordinator for a public art discussion and exploration of local bird populations to help inform the final design for Jarus’ “Birding in Guelph” mural project.
Jarus was awarded one of four commissions as part of the Main Street Mural Project. The largest of the four commissions, Jarus will revitalize and enhance the west side of the Wilson Street underpass.
Jarus’ preliminary design features a variety of birds, creating movement across a vivid blue sky. To inform his final design, Jarus is looking for input from the community about birds that are local to the area.
Bird watching brings people together in a spirit of enthusiasm and appreciation of nature. By featuring a variety of birds, Jarus’ artwork recognizes the diversity in Guelph and emphasizes the importance of inclusion.
Jarus was inspired by Ted Fullerton’s bird sculptures in Market Square and Guelph Central Station, as well as Wilson Street’s role as a centre point of travel, energized by constant movement. He hopes to encourage the fundamental human aspiration to move freely and dream greatly through this installation.
About Emmanuel Jarus:
Emmanuel Jarus, also known as Young Jarus, is a Canadian-born artist and muralist inspired by the visual human experience. His work reimagines how art can exist in public spaces. Jarus has been working with communities across Canada and around the globe to produce large-scale portraits and figures among other images on wall surfaces.
Young Jarus lives and works in Toronto, Canada.
About Chris Earley:
Chris is the University of Guelph Arboretum’s Interpretive Biologist and Education Coordinator. Chris teaches a variety of bird, insect and art workshops at The Arboretum as well as designing signage and leading tours. He also presents a variety of special lectures and labs for undergraduate and graduate classes.
Chris is the author of five bird books published by Firefly Books and has been a part of many interesting research projects and field trips in places such as Australia, New Zealand, Bolivia, Nevis and Ontario.