The possibility of a road mural for the Falaise community was raised by a local resident more than a year ago. He knew of the work by Teale Phelps Bondaroff on promoting road murals for other communities so Teale was invited to give a presentation at the FCA AGM in November, 2021. The project quickly gained momentum, ably lead by FCA president, Stuart Macpherson.
Saanich approval was required as well as financial support. Various designs were discussed with local artist, Desiree Shelley, before settling on a theme based on the Montane violet which grows in Falaise park.
It all came together on August 13th, when a small section of Falaise Cr. was closed to traffic and a group of volunteers began painting. John Cameron kept a photo diary of the proceedings and it was covered by some of the local media.
A sampling of media coverage is given below:
Teale created a time lapse video showing how the mural developed.
Teale and Stuart have prepared a detailed overview of the event and it is posted on the Victoria Placemaking website.
Below is a small selection of the pictures taken by John Cameron during the painting of the mural.