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Graffiti artist and CBC Ottawa create giant community colouring book

July 9, 2018
CBC News

With more than two metres of canvas, a handful of paint markers, five hours and dozens of little artistic helpers, CBC Ottawa partnered with the Ottawa Public Library to create a beautiful community mural at the Tales and Tunes Family Fun Day held at Ben Franklin Place on Saturday, July 7.

The story behind the mural, designed by graffiti artist Robbie Lariviere, brings together all things Ottawa. In bursts of bright colour, it shows lots of library books, friendly local animals, fruits and veggies and more! Lariviere described it as a “big, fun colouring book.”

The theme for the library event was Stone Soup, a traditional folktale that highlights the benefits of collaboration, creativity and community.

“This really helps us tie in this theme of stone soup, where everyone is contributing to one thing and we’ll have this great piece at the end,” said Alison Blackburn, manager of program development at the Ottawa Public Library, in a CBC Ottawa Facebook Live at the event.

It didn’t matter if you were age 4 or 44, everyone was invited to pick up a paint marker and help contribute to the mural. Once the canvas was covered in wall-to-wall colour, Lariviere put on the finishing touches with some spray paint, adding his own graffiti style.

Now that the mural is complete, CBC Ottawa is working with the Ottawa Public Library to share this project with its 33 branches across the city. Keep an eye out for this colourful collaboration in your local library this fall.

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