Art in the Streets of Amherstburg

A fun way to explore Amherstburg!

You may notice something different about the fire hydrants in Amherstburg’s downtown district. Eleven fire hydrants have been artistically painted by local high school students in commemoration of Canada’s 150th birthday.

The imagery on the hydrants was carefully chosen to reflect Canada’s diverse culture. Hockey players, provinces, coloured shapes mirroring the Canada 150 logo and scenes from Canadian history appear as the artists’ subject matter. To view map of all hydrant locations.

While hunting down these 11 hydrants you will come across another art project that was created from 1964 to 1967 and is prominently displayed on the back of the Town’s high school, overlooking Toddy Jones Park.

 

These nine mural panels were created using a unique application of granolux.

The panels depict the history of Amherstburg and a story or life from the 1800s. The images are simple in appearance, using solid bold colours. In 2012, prior to the Towns commemoration of the War of 1812, these images were carefully revitalized using the same granolux technique to ensure their original condition was preserved and they could continue to be a beacon of Amherstburgs history.

Full Mural Brochure

Our newest work of art is located at 67 Richmond, currently transformed into the River Bookshop has been lovingly restored to its original 135 year old beauty, painted white with architectural elements in black. However, the show stopper is the contrasting east side of the building which is adorned with a rainbow coloured open book exploding with hundreds of images. The work of local artist David Creed. The artwork is fittingly accompanied by the quote, “A Word after a word after a word is power”, Margaret Attwood.

If the artwork on the outside doesn’t draw you in, be sure to check out the artwork inside…the printed word and painted canvases alike!

 

Stay tuned for more outside artwork coming soon!