Fences: More Than Just Chain Links

Starting in July, the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association will partner with members of the community, like you, to do two fence art projects in Downtown Surrey. The first art project will be located along 135a Street between 106 and 108 Avenue, and the other will be around the temporary housing on 105 Avenue.

But what exactly is fence art? Is it like a mural? Well, not exactly.

Fence art is created directly on fences using lots of different materials, and often recycled materials. So, it is not like a mural because it uses so much more than just paint. Recycled bottles, old CDs and strips of plastic ribbon help transform mundane fences into a place for art to flourish. Yet, it is like a mural because it makes neighborhoods beautiful and welcoming. Fence art will brighten up the boring chain link fence here in Whalley in a way that means something to the community… because it will be created by the community.

Community art projects say something about the area that they are in: they say that the community cares, that the community wants to take care of its neighborhood, and that the community wants it to be beautiful. The DSBIA promotes loving where you work, live and learn and what better way to show how much you love working, living, and learning in downtown Surrey than to help us give some old, drab chain link fence a revival?

The DSBIA would like to formally invite you to join us in creating the next beautiful community art project here in Surrey. Two professional artists will be leading four workshops and teaching their techniques to participants. If you love painting, creating or just want to be a part of making our corner of this city more beautiful, make sure to reach out to Maja Lampa at the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association by email at maja@downtownsurreybia.com or by phone at 604.580.2321.

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