Mural: Healthy People in Healthy Communities
Location: Northern Health Building
Address: Corner of Sparks St. and Lazelle Ave.
Northern Health’s Northwest Administrative Office has joined the list of buildings in downtown Terrace showcasing the work of a regional artists. Three panels custom-designed by Gitxsan artist Michelle Stoney, each 11 feet wide and three feet tall, are now featured on the front and sides of the building. To ensure the artworks are also visible when it’s dark, the panels are backlit.
The theme of the pieces is one of Northern Health’s strategic priorities, “Healthy People in Healthy Communities.”
Each panel showcases a different outdoor activity and a different Northwest BC community, represented by an iconic landscape. Each also includes an animal: the panel featuring a bear showcases Terrace and mountain biking; another highlights Hazelton and hiking, and includes an eagle; and the third panel depicts Prince Rupert, kayaking, and a whale.
“I like having landscapes represent communities,” said Michelle. “I also wanted to pick animals that are often seen in the region.” As for choosing which activities to represent, she said, “These are activities that everyone can do. They get you out in nature. They help you explore our wonderful surroundings and appreciate what we have around here.”