As part of investing in downtown and making it a great place for visitors and businesses alike, the Town of Taber has undertaken a mural project, thanks to grant funding from the Canada Community Revitalization Fund from the Government of Canada.
In collaboration with the property owners, six murals were installed on various businesses throughout downtown Taber. Read about the pieces and the artists below, and then take a look at them by walking downtown.
The murals all help tell the story of Taber. Take a close look at each mural and find the connections to our community, history, industries, and people through the eyes of the artists. Read more about the stories and interpretations below (photos to be added later).
Murals and other public art pieces are used in communities throughout the world to bring colour and beauty to various areas, and to draw people to particular areas. We hope that while you take a walk and see the murals for yourself, you will also drop in to our many businesses and see how they also help make downtown Taber such a vibrant place!
Artist's Description: this mural depicts respect and honour for the ecology Taber. It exemplifies Taber's strong natural ecology while respecting the spirit of the land.
The colour scheme is heavy in yellow, gold and red to show the importance of the sun to Taber’s ecology. The imagery depicts an iconic animal for water, earth and air. A sturgeon represents the water, a hare the land and a pheasant the air. The Sun sits behind the pheasant, with the organic wavy golden rays of the sun branching out to the other animals and plants. With the pheasant positioned in front of the sun, it almost appears like a phoenix, symbolizing Taber’s strength through adversity. The undulating golden sun rays weave their way through the whole image, emphasizing the importance of the sun to Taber’s animals and plants.
Artist's Description: this mural depicts respect and honour for the agricultural industry in Taber. It demonstrates agricultural practices that typify the ingenuity and robust nature of agriculture in Taber while also respecting the spirit of the land.
The colour scheme honours the Taber visual identity and reflects the colours found in the surrounding landscape. The imagery is symbolic of key industry innovations such as leaf cutter bee tents, irrigation(a faint white irrigation system is represented in the yellow sky) and harvest diversity. Leaves of key crops are represented in the mural; corn, sugar beets and potatoes, while the leafcutter bee tents reference canola. The female figure represents an earthy, contemporary and comfortable manifestation of mother nature. She appears as a figure that is both familiar and larger than life. She turns away from the viewer, inviting them into the lushly framed scene. Her posture also denotes a keen awareness of caring for the landscape and a nurturing attentiveness to the land, representing the same spirit in the Taber community.
Artist's Description: this mural concept is designed to be a beautiful homage to the history of the oil industry in Taber. The piece incorporates beautiful colours and graphic elements including an oil derrick and two roughnecks working on a drill floor. The palette of reds, blues and yellows are rich and vibrant. The yellow reflects one aspect of the Town of Taber’s visual identity colour palette. The deeper blue reflects the colour of the flag of Notogawa, the Japanese sister village to Taber. The yellow, red and lighter blues reflect the colours of the Alberta sunrise and sunset.
The mural is composed to feel energetic, dynamic and engaging. It is designed to honour the hard-working history of the people of Taber. We anticipate the mural will impact the community in a positive way as it respects an important industry in the community and aspects of the history of the community. The colours and visuals are bright and energetic and will bring an element of visual pleasure to the community.
More to come. Check back soon!
Artist's Description: the inspiration for this mural came from flowers in my neighbour's garden. I was drawn to this subject matter for a number of reasons. Initially it was the bright colours and beauty that drew me in-but, upon further reflection, it was the intuitive emotional response the flowers gave me after a long winter that stayed with me. Themes of growth, rebirth, joy and optimism towards the future, blossomed, so to speak within me.
Artist's Description: upon first glance people associate the mural to Taber because of the corn, but the hands are just as symbolic. I wanted these to be the hands of someone who has worked with them their entire lives. This is not a mural about merely corn but rather a tribute to all the hardworking men and women that helped to make Taber the great place it is now.