Friday, August 21, 2020


Back in the middle of July, I noticed a mural starting to take shape on the wall of an appliance parts shop on Bank Street at the north end of the Glebe.

A few days later a lift was on site, and some of the elements of the painting were taking shape, including the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park, down at the south end of the Glebe.

A few days later, more detail: a canoe in the water, and a ghostly bridge on the water. I suspected that the Rideau Canal was involved, and was right.

Here we have the final version, taken a few days ago. It is indeed the Canal, as that ghostly bridge in full version looks like one of the bridges that crosses Patterson Creek, an inlet of the Canal here in the Glebe. A cyclist also appears on the mural, with a squirrel at lower right.

The artist is Jocelyn Galipeau. First, despite the name, it's a guy. And second, I've shown you works of his before. Each Winterlude in the Glebe, several snow sculptures of a whimsical nature are erected, and Galipeau is one of the regular sculptors. He signed his work at the bottom.

The squirrel looks adorable. And just about ready to steal your peanut butter sandwich.


  1. Great series.Extra points for the cyklist!

  2. It must have been really interesting watching the mural evolve into its final version.

  3. Great mural! We just returned from spending a few days with my daughter in Ottawa, but didn't get into downtown at all.

  4. Wow, that is a cool scene and mural. Take care, enjoy your day! Wishing you a happy weekend!

  5. ...what fun to be able to see it being painted. Thanks for showing the details.

  6. Its a great mural. Beautifully drawn. Love the adorable squirrel.

  7. This is a very big wow (WOW), and our squirrel, named peanut (a wild one) smiled just like that the other day getting his walnut - by coincidence I was by the open door.

  8. Great photos! It is nice to see the progress on the beautiful mural!

  9. There's much to see in this mural. One must take time to look at it and take it all in.

  10. A great mural, the perspective being really squeezed up makes for inclusion of many details! Squirrel is extra!

  11. Wonderful mural and great photos of it ^_^

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  12. @Stefan: thanks!

    @Rosemary: it was.

    @Francisco: thanks.

    @David: good that you got away.

    @Marianne: it is, yes.

    @Eileen: thank you!

    @Padre: I thought so.

    @Agnieszka: thank you.

    @Tom: you're welcome.

  13. @Marie: there is indeed.

    @Nancy: so do I.

    @Iris: squirrels will do that.

    @Anvilcloud: I agree.

    @RedPat: I do too.

    @Maywyn: it really is.

    @Red: one should!

    @Barbara: indeed.

    @Carol: thanks!

  14. Very nice! I like seeing the progress of this art work.

  15. Good to see the beginnings of a large mural.

  16. Awesome mural! Nice to see it's progress.

  17. Thanks. Murals in different cities are fascinating.

  18. Oh wow! Great art indeed! You have documented the process wonderfully too. Thank you.

  19. It's great to see this one start to finish, and it's a very nice mural. Love the squirrel.

  20. i love the kayaking part of the mural. i wanna be out there. we have not had the chance like past years to get out kayaking as much. all the rain happening. i guess u could go in the rain but it is not as fun during that kind of weather. hope u r well, William. stay health and happy? take care. thanks for the comment. ( ;

  21. Good captures! I really like murals.