From left: Amanda Hugon, Facundo Gastia and Travis Hebert take a break from painting to pose for a photo at the head of the salmon swimming across the Stantec Building at 4623 Park Avenue. The live-mural painting demonstration continues this weekend until August 12. (Brittany Gervais photo)

Salmon mural swims across Park Avenue building

Three artists will be painting the mural throughout the rest of Riverboat Days

Three artists are working together to bring a gigantic, colourful salmon across what used to be an empty wall in downtown Terrace.

Swimming across the side of the Stantec Building at 4623 Park Avenue, the salmon mural weaves in vibrant rays of light with First Nations crests and textured, detailed elements like weaving, bear claws, flying ravens and cedar bows.

The team, which includes Smithers’ artists Facundo Gastia, Travis Hebert and Terrace’s Amanda Hugon, started live-painting the mural on August 6 as a commission for the Skeena Salmon Art Festival.

“Every colour has a texture and a message, symbolizing different parts of the North,” Gastia said while painting up on the lift on Thursday.

Check out their live-painting demonstration until the end of Riverboat Days on August 12.

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Smithers’ artist Facundo Gastia fills in some colour for the mural on Thursday evening. The team commissioned this mural for the Skeena Salmon Art Festival, which runs at the Terrace Art Gallery through the month of August. (Brittany Gervais)

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