Adam and brother Wade Meikle start plotting initial lines on the doodle grid used to plot the mural on the east side of the blue building at 120 Hudson Ave. NE on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2020. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Adam and brother Wade Meikle start plotting initial lines on the doodle grid used to plot the mural on the east side of the blue building at 120 Hudson Ave. NE on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2020. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Giant interactive mural brings local wildlife to downtown Salmon Arm

Artists, property owner interested in producing more public murals

One of the Shuswap’s more prevalent fish-eating raptors was the inspiration for a new mural in downtown Salmon Arm.

The east side of the building at 120 Hudson Ave. NE has been transformed into a series of moments showing an osprey’s descent from the air to catch a rainbow trout from the waters below.

The work is the creation of Adam Meikle of Meikle Studios Social Art House and collaborator Sara Wiens – with help from Adam’s brother Wade and other Meikle family members and friends.

It may be the largest painted mural in Salmon Arm and the largest Adam has ever been involved with.

“We’ve been talking about doing a mural since we were shut down in March (due to COVID-19), and Bill started to get creative and was wondering if I wanted to do a mural,” said Adam, referring to the building’s owner, Bill Laird.

Though he recently had the building repainted blue, it was still left with a large and very visible blank wall overlooking the Avon parking lot (named after the former Avon Hotel) that Laird thought could be used to showcase some of the “locals.”

“Not many people would know that an osprey actually transforms himself considerably to go down and get a fish, so when you see it finished, it starts out with the osprey flying at the top, and when you get to the bottom he’s in full attack mode,” said Laird.

Read more: Selfie station provides colourful backdrop to photogenic Salmon Arm building

Read more: Video chronicles rise of Salmon Arm’s giant treble clef

“So that’s the dream, to use up a wall space and sort of give people an opportunity to see how one of the locals supports himself.”

The mural took seven days to paint, with a lot of advance preparation. Part of that included a “doodle grid,” a collection of simple doodles marked on the building that would be use to digitally plot the mural.

“I bring an iPad or cell phone and connect the dots between the doodles,” Adam explained.

In addition to featuring local wildlife, another thing Laird insisted upon was that the finished mural be interactive.

“So we’re putting a “stand here” sticker on the sidewalk and then, when you take a picture from that perspective, it looks like the bird could be getting you instead,” said Adam.

Adam, Wiens and Laird were excited by the opportunity to create the downtown mural and are already considering future options.

“I was talking about doing a grebe because they are more fragile as a species than osprey are, and we’re one of the few places where the grebe nests, so in the future Adam and I might work together to do a grebe somewhere,” said Laird.

Laird suggested that in the future Salmon Arm could have an art walk in the downtown featuring interactive murals, including Adam’s butterfly painting on the side of Laird’s colourful Monarch Building, home to the city’s Innovation Centre.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Salmon Arm

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Sara Wiens adds detail to the rainbow trout swimming below the water’s surface in a mural on the east side of the blue building at 120 Hudson Ave. NE on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer

Sara Wiens adds detail to the rainbow trout swimming below the water’s surface in a mural on the east side of the blue building at 120 Hudson Ave. NE on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer

Adam Meikle paints an osprey preparing its descent to pluck a rainbow trout from waters below in a mural on the east side of the building at 120 Hudson Avenue on Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Adam Meikle paints an osprey preparing its descent to pluck a rainbow trout from waters below in a mural on the east side of the building at 120 Hudson Avenue on Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Just Posted

Forty-seven vaccination clinics will open across Interior Health beginning March 15. (Canadian Press)
48 COVID-19 vaccine clinics to open across Interior Health

Select groups can book appointments starting Monday

(File photo)
COLUMN: How to help your young reluctant reader

Library has resources to help children

(Pacific Coastal Airlines photo)
Potential COVID-19 exposure on March 1 Penticton flight

Interior Health lists a public exposure for the Pacific Air Flight from Vancouver on March 1

Seniors in the Interior Health region can book their COVID-19 vaccinations starting Monday, March 8, 2021 at 7 a.m. (File photo)
Seniors in Interior Heath region can book COVID-19 shots starting Monday

Starting March 8 the vaccination call centre will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily

C.E. “Ned” Bentley owned a garage on Shaughnessy Avenue, now Lakeshore Drive in Summerland. Bentley later went on to serve on Summerland’s council and was recognized with the Good Citizen Award in 1939. (Summerland Museum photo)
Former Summerland reeve once ran garage

C.E. “Ned” Bentley was a prominent figure in Summerland’s past.

Elvira D’Angelo, 92, waits to receive her COVID-19 vaccination shot at a clinic in Montreal, Sunday, March 7, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
‘It’s been a good week’: Tam hopeful on vaccines as pandemic anniversary nears

Tam says the addition of two new vaccines will help Canadians get immunized faster

Const. Allan Young. Photo: Abbotsford Police Department
Manslaughter charge laid in Nelson death of Abbotsford police officer

Allan Young died after an incident in downtown Nelson last summer

Kelowna General Hospital (File photo)
One of two Kelowna General Hospital COVID-19 outbreaks declared over

One outbreak declared over after two deaths, seven cases; another outbreak remains ongoing in the hospital

Cottonwoods Care Home in Kelowna. (Google Maps)
COVID-19 outbreak declared at Kelowna care home after 12 cases noted

Two staff members and 10 residents at Cottonwoods Care Centre have tested positive for COVID-19

There is no true picture of how many youth in Penticton are experiencing housing instability or true homelessness. The Foundry and the city of Penticton are trying to find that out.
How many youth are experiencing homelessness in Penticton?

Foundry Penticton and the City have partnered on a youth survey open until March 13

Chelsea Ishizuka was borned and raised in Penticton but has now moved to Japan. When she found out there was a popular restaurant there named after Penticton, she had to go check it out. Here she is with the owner (right). (Facebook)
Popular restaurant in Japan named after city of Penticton

A Pentictonite now living in Tokyo discovered the eatery and the history behind its name

Coldstream’s Kalamalka Secondary has teamed up with Globox on a fundraising raffle for its graduating class of 2021. (Photo supplied)
Okanagan secondary school grads glowing over fundraiser

Kalamalka Secondary teams with company on fundraising raffle, replacing annual apple pie fundraiser

(The Canadian Press)
‘Worse than Sept. 11, SARS and financial crisis combined’: Tourism industry in crisis

Travel services saw the biggest drop in active businesses with 31 per cent fewer firms operating

Pictures and notes in from friends and classmates make up a memorial in support and memory of Aubrey Berry, 4, and her sister Chloe, 6, during a vigil held at Willows Beach in Oak Bay, B.C., on December 30, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Mother of slain daughters supports recent changes to Canada’s Divorce Act

Sarah Cotton-Elliott said she believed her children took a back seat to arranging equal parenting

Most Read