The Maritime Mural

Thanks to Blair Redlin who has pointed out a story in the Vancouver Sun regarding the need for a new future for the wonderful 1947 mural that currently decorates a wall in the Maritime Labour Centre at Victoria and Triumph.

muralThe  magnificent mural was painted in 1947 by Fraser Wilson and was carefully moved from its original site at the old Marine Workers and Boilermakers Hall at 339 W. Pender in the mid-1980s.   Now, the 85′ artwork needs to be moved again for its own safety.

Mark Gordienko of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union thinks it’s time to put out “feelers” to find a new home for the artwork. “People want to be sure that the mural will be looked after,” said Gordienko. “And I think it would be. I’d like to see it someplace along the waterfront, myself. It is limited where it could be. The (grain) terminals wouldn’t make any sense, but Canada Place or the Convention Centre would be great. It’s a snapshot of resource development in B.C. and the Vancouver waterfront.”

If you have never seen this extraordinary piece of labour and Vancouver history, make some excuse to go to the Centre and take a look.  You will not be disappointed.