13th Annual Wilderness Mural Painting Competition at the Calgary Tower offers great photo ops and community stories

Mural Painting at the 2014 Competition

Mural Painting at the 2014 Competition, photo credit K. Mihalcheon

On Saturday, March 28, 2015, talented artists of all ages will get creative on the walls of the Calgary Tower’s stairwells as part of the 13th Annual Mural Painting Competition, hosted by the Calgary Tower and Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA).

The murals depict the artists’ visions of Alberta’s wildlife and wild places and will be judged in four categories – Family, Junior and Senior High School, and Adult. Seven teams are expected to brighten the tower’s stairwell this year. With more than 150 exceptional murals depicting Alberta’s wild creatures and landscapes, the tallest gallery in the West is a kaleidoscope of colour. The murals are an expression of the value of wilderness to Albertans and are a wonderful public art legacy for the city of Calgary.

There will be opportunities for photographing painters between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Camera crews will need to bring portable lights for filming in tower stairwells as there are no electrical plug-ins.

The Mural Competition is part of the best Earth Day celebration in the West – the 24th annual Climb & Run for Wilderness, to be held on April 18 and the only time the public can view the murals. Participants climb the Calgary Tower’s 802 stairs in support of the conservation work the AWA does to protect Alberta’s wild lands, wild rivers and wildlife.

What Wild Alberta Mural Painting Competition
Where Calgary Tower Stairwells
When Saturday Match 28, 2015
Times Media are invited to photograph and interview contestants in the stairwells between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

All media are requested to check in at the elevation desk at the main entrance to the Calgary Tower.
Contacts:
Christyann Olson, Alberta Wilderness Association   (403) 863-2412