Art in the Streets of Amherstburg

Detroit River Mural

This mural above can be found in the King’s Navy Yard Park. It was painted by local Artists Dennis and Dylan White in 2021 and depicts the unique history and wildlife found along Amherstburg’s waterfront.

The Detroit River is one of our most unique natural and cultural heritage features. Always present, the River has been the lifeblood of communities long before European settlement and will continue to be for centuries to come. The River has two very distinct designations; Wildlife Refuge and an International Heritage River shared by both Canada and the United States.

Natural Heritage

The Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge consists of nearly 6,000 acres of unique habitat, including islands, coastal wetlands, marshes, shoals and waterfront lands, extending along 77 km of shoreline on both sides of the international border.

The Detroit River is a significant continental migration corridor for many wildlife species including fish, birds, bats and insects. Evident in spring, you will witness songbirds moving North through King’s Navy Yard Park or Silver Bass rolling near shore. In the fall you will see Kettles of Hawks high overhead or the constant flutter of Monarch Butterflies winging their way South to Mexico.

This mural depicts the many once abundant species returning to traditional habitats in and along the Detroit River such as Barn Swallows, Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Otter, Beaver, Lake White Fish, Blue Heron, Green Heron, Canada Goose, Red-tail Hawk, Ring-billed Gull, Lake Sturgeon, Red-ear Sunfish, Snapping Turtle, Pickerel.

Cultural Heritage

The International Heritage River designation identifies the Detroit River as the southern-most Canadian river within our national Heritage River System. It sustained the livelihood of the Indigenous, European settlement and military exploits. The River was a passage for those escaping slavery and the intriguing lawless days of rum-running. Emerging industry, shipping, fishing and fowling were all supported by the River. Today it is the busiest international crossing in North America and plays a huge economic role in the movement of goods and commerce.

General Amherst Students painting fire hydrants

Amherstburg’s Fire Hydrants

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.

 

Historical Murals on General Amherst High School

General Amherst Murals

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

The panels depict the history of Amherstburg and a story of 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

The River Bookshop ,located at 67 Richmond St., 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!

 

River Bookshop outdoor mural of a book open with ideas flowing out
DERKZ paintings

On the corner of Richmond and Ramsay St. you’ll see amazing artwork done by International Muralist DERKZ depicting the beauty of opening ones mind and a celebration of our local wildlife.

Stay tuned for more outside artwork coming soon!