Not much else brings a community together like public art. Something for all to enjoy, carefully crafted by the community itself.

This has been a big year for art in Halifax and surrounding areas. With initiatives like Downtown Halifax's Gritty to Pretty Placemaking Program, Sackville Business Association's Mural program, and the Halifax Mural Festival, murals have popped up all over Halifax Regional Municipality! Keep reading for a list of Halifax's newest murals, the stories behind them and where to see them for yourself.

Sound of Time

1326 Barrington Street, downtown halifax | ABSEN | August 2022

ABSEN's red toned mural on the side of Barrington Consulting Group's brick heritage building is one of Downtown Halifax's newest additions, completed just at the end of August. The mural explores time, growth, and artistry by depicting two people enthralled in their art - playing and composing piano music - as a young girl curiously looks on.

Halifax Mural Sound of Time

There's No Place Like Home

6408 quinpool road, west end halifax | Alex J. Fowkes | july 2022

Painting a mural on the side of a building as iconic as the Oxford Theatre could be daunting task, but I think Alex Fowkes did a wonderful job with the "There's No Place Like Home" mural. The famous Wizard of Oz quote pays homage not only to classic Hollywood cinema, but also to the fact that the film was one of the last to screen at the Oxford Theatre. And of course, there really is no place like Halifax.

Halifax mural There's No Place Like Home

John Dunsworth

6451 Quinpool Road, west end halifax | Jeks One | July 2022

Globally known for his hyper realistic portraits, Jeks One came all the way from North Carolina to paint this mural of the late John Dunsworth for Halifax Mural Festival this past July. Dunsworth gained worldwide praise in his role as Jim Lahey in the widely loved Trailer Park Boys series, making him a local legend. This mural is a touching tribute to the late Nova Scotian actor, and a must-see for any Trailer Park Boys fan.

John Dunsworth Halifax Mural

What's Your Hare-y

Birmingham & Queen Street Intersection, downtown halifax | Altruistic Current | June 2022

Follow the moon-mist pavement. Follow the moon-mist pavement. Follow the moon-mist-pavement! This bright mural was brought to life by  not-for-profit organization Altruistic Current along with seven local artists. Each artist painted two hares in their own unique style, resulting in a colourful hodgepodge of jumping and dancing hares.

Downtown Halifax Mural Whats Your Hare-y

The Queen and The Flower King

Intersection of King and Queen Streets, Downtown Dartmouth | Margot Durling | July 2022

The Queen and The Flower King murals by Margot Durling celebrate gender diversity in a big way. The two six-storey tall paintings overlooking Downtown Dartmouth honour the lives of the queer and trans community, and open a conversation of the meanings of gender and sexuality. To top it all off, the Queen & Flower King live on the intersection of Queen and King Street!

The Queen mural in Downtown Dartmouth

The Flower King Mural in Downtown Dartmouth

Tufts Cove Survivor

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax Waterfront | Alan Syliboy | July 2022

This painting by Alan Syliboy explores the tragedy of the Halifax Explosion and its affects on the Mi'kmaq settlement known as Turtle Grove. Located on the Dartmouth side of the Halifax Harbour, the explosion devastated the community, killing half of the people that called the settlement home. Unlike other communities affected by the explosion, the Mi'kmaq community was never rebuilt. The Turtle Grove survivors were moved to reservations rather than their home in what's now known at Tufts Cove.

Tufts Cove Survivor Halifax Mural

Rainbow Tiger

6260 Quinpool Road, West End Halifax | Jieun (June) Kim | July 2022 

This Rainbow Tiger mural fittingly resides on the side of Quinpool pet grooming & supply shop, Naughty Paw. Toronto-based artist Jieun Kim (also known as June) painted this piece for Halifax Mural Festival this past Summer. Her bright and colourful art style is inspired by  Korean folk art with a modern, pop-culture twist.

Rainbow Tiger Halifax Mural

Rainbow Tiger Halifax Mural

Memories of Quinpool

6311 Quinpool Road, West End Halifax | Dan Burt | July 2022

Local artist Dan Burt packed so many of West Ender's precious memories into this mural appropriately named "Memories of Quinpool". From the beloved Video Difference to Hogies Steak House to a classic Metro Transit bus, this mural is such a touching ode to Quinpool.

Memories of Quinpool Halifax Mural

Living Space

1580 Grafton Street | Dan Burt | August 2022

Living Space, also painted by Dan Burt is inspired by the energy that flows through and connects all living things. Burt hopes that the colourful piece will inspire others "to not only see this positive energy, but to feel it as well."
Living Space Halifax Mural

Mikisew

1580 Grafton Street | Peatr Thomas | August 2022

Painted by Ininew (Swampy Cree) and Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) artist Peatr Thomas, Mikisew represents the connection between the meaning of Love, the Eagle, and the Land. An eagle intertwines with three Ininew syllabics, ᓴᑭᑕ (SaKiTa), meaning Love, and external lines called "Spirit Lines" connect the two with the land the piece sits on.

Mikisew Downtown Halifax Mural

Dog Mural

16330 Quinpool Road, West End Halifax | Emmanuel Jarus | July 2022

Who wouldn’t want to see a giant dog mural while out for their neighbourhood walk? This piece was painted by Emmanuel Jarus, a Canadian artist whose painted large-scale portraits in communities all over the world!

Dog Halifax Mural

Blue Jay & Lupins

6432 Quinpool Road, West End Halifax | Donny Fong | July 2022

You don't have to go far from the city to appreciate some east coast wildlife! This gorgeous Blue Jay & Lupin mural by Halifax artist Donny Fong brightens up Quinpool Road. Find it on the side of Classic Physiotherapy.

Blue Jay and Lupins Halifax mural


And that's all for now! It's so great that there's been such a large investment in beautifying the community for the public this past year. So many new murals have been painted in and around Halifax lately I honestly wouldn't be surprised if a few more popped up before the year ends. Keep up with the murals of Halifax and beyond by searching #C21AllPointsMuralofTheWeek on Instagram or Facebook. Happy mural hunting!

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