Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Overcoming Adversity - After record floods with devastating consequences

A mural composed of 216 separate paintings
How does a town overcome adversity when hit by a flood, a hurricane, a tornado or earthquake?

For those not living in Canada, Cochrane is NW of Calgary, Alberta and east of Banff, in the foothills of the Rockies.

One year ago, record rainfall rapidly melted snow packs high up on mountain peaks. The result was devastating: torrents of water destroyed houses, bridges and highways.

In Calgary and cities further south, flooding resulting in billions of dollars of damage.

This mural was unveiled recently at the Cochrane Ranch House. Artists came together to declare that townspeople would help one another rebuild their beautiful city in the mountains. Each tile is one foot square, is its own individual picture and each is by a different artist. All of them together form this huge mural. You can click on each of the tiles to see them in detail.
Check out, especially, the horse's eye. Click on any square that makes up the mural to see what the square really is.

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