This past year Halifax has welcomed a whole host of new murals to adorn the sides of city buildings and art installations to make passer-bys stop and stare.

Keep reading for details on five murals and art installations new in Halifax that you’ll have to see for yourself.

Warm Welcome by Kristen De Palma

This 40-foot tall mural on Granville Street in Halifax welcomes newcomers in over 20 different languages!

The mural was completed in October 2021 by Halifax hand-lettering artist Kristen De Palma of KDP Letters. “These are the biggest letters I’ve drawn to date” she told Downtown Halifax Business Commission.

The mural's located at 1669 Granville Street in Downtown Halifax.

Rising Tides by ABSEN

This stunning new addition to the Maritime Centre in Downtown Halifax was created to  celebrate innovation and entrepreneurship in Nova Scotia. 

Completed by Halifax based artist and engineer John McPartland, who works under the name  ABSEN, in the Summer of 2021, the piece explores the theme “A rising tide lifts all boats” -  meaning through innovation, we can make our communities better for all individuals. 

The two grounded fishing boats in the bottom right-hand corner metaphorically “rise through  the fabrics of our society” to emerge as a large research vessel, afloat and thriving at sea. The  blossoming Mayflower, Nova Scotia’s provincial flower, signifies emerging ideas. The gears  featured throughout the painting is a nod to engineers and STEM fields, and the young  women’s ambitious gaze looks out to the future. 

The project was a collaborative effort between the Organization for Nova Scotian Innovation Driven Entrepreneurship (ONSIDE), the Halifax Innovation District, Volta, Slate Asset  Management, and the Downtown Halifax Business Commission. 

See the mural at 1505 Barrington Street in Halifax - the Salter Street side of the Maritime Centre.

Respect the Sun by Lorne Julian

Respect The Sun by Mi’kmaw artist Lorne Julian, also known as Warrior, is a reminder to us to  respect and honour the sun, which can both give life and be threat. 

The eagle reaches one wing out towards the sun for healing while the other honours it’s  connection to the earth by pointing downward. 

The piece was created this past Fall 2021 as part of Ecology Action Centre’s 50 Things: A  Provincewide Art Adventure. 

See It For Yourself: Corner of Willow & Agricola Street in Halifax

Sail by Eduaro Tresoldi

Located in the new Queen’s Marque district on the Halifax Waterfront, this 21-foot tall mesh  installation called “Sail” is an incredible sight. 

The piece is by Italian sculptor Eduardo Tresoldi who is known for his monumental wire mesh  sculptures.

Halifax waterfront art Installation Sail

Magic Meadows by Sarah Cannon

This piece depicts a woman and her dog enjoying the butterflies fluttering around them in a  field of colourful lupins. Artist Sarah Cannon’s inspiration for the piece was Atlantic Canada’s  natural wonders. 

The piece was installed at 1560 Grafton Street (on the side of the Pizza Girls/KATCH Seafood  building) in September 2021. 


This five pieces are just the a small sampling of the amazing public art to be found in and around Halifax. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook or check out the hashtag #C21AllPointsMuralOfTheWeek on either platform to see more!

What’s your favourite local mural or art installation? Let us know in the comments below!

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