Nelson is showing its Olympic spirit in a big way.
A large mural has been erected at the old Redfish Grill building on Baker Street. It depicts a ski jumper in mid flight and says Shine on Canada.
The project has been entirely financed by Nelson’s Speedpro Signs as a way to share the Olympic excitement.
“We purchased cable, just so we could watch the Olympics,” explained Murray Kimber, owner of Speedpro.
“Then I started thinking about it and realized I’m kind of exciting about watching it.”
That’s when the mural idea was born.
The new art work is being placed over the existing mural, a historical photo depicting a horse race in Nelson’s streets.
“We knew that the city was going to replace the existing mural because it has been damaged, so for a short-term period why don’t we just do this and let it be our collective expression of our support for Canada’s athletes over in Sochi. Politics aside, the games are still pretty exciting,” he explained.
Kimber is paying all the cost involved in the project, calling it a showpiece for his company.
The mural is 96 inches in height and 253 inches in length and was designed by Stephanie Delnea. The mural will stay in place for the duration of the games.
At the end of the games the mural will be replaced with a refurbished version of the horse race photo formerly on display.