The Making of the Mural
The Mural project was launched in November 2005 to raise funds for the Founders’ Gallery at the Military Museums. The Mural was installed partially completed in the foyer of the Military Museums in Calgary in November 2006. After many months of work, the completed mural was unveiled on 9 November 2007.
The mural comprises 240 separate images in a 20-foot by 12-foot mosaic. Thirteen tiles were painted by guest artists, including five works of art by original war artists of the Second World War. All other images were painted by Lewis Lavoie over a two-year period.
The 240 tiles that represent Canada’s military history from the Battle of 1812 to present day operations are highlighted by the interactive display. The collective stories reveal the different theatres of war Canadians have been involved in for over nearly 200 years, including both overseas and domestic operations. This ongoing project continues to be a work in progress, as more historical material, sponsor’s stories, and writer’s documents are added to this growing and significant tribute.
You can see the Mural for yourself at the Military Museums located at 4520 Crowchild Trail SW in Calgary. The Museum hours are:
Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Weekends 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Adults $ 10
Seniors $ 5
Students $ 4
Youth (7 – 17) $ 4
Children (Under 7) Free
Veterans and Serving Military Personnel Free
Members of The Military Museums Free