Good-looking new mural in a DTES back alley
Next time I have the opportunity to travel into the Downtown Eastside I just hope that it’s raining really hard (he says, almost meaning it). There’s a brand new back alley mural in that neighbourhood and as good as it looked when I saw it on a dry morning last Friday (February 26), I’m sure that it would look that much better in the pouring rain.
No matter how you look at it though, this mural is eye-catching. It features a fair-haired woman’s face, drawn three or four metres tall. She’s calmly gazing straight into the eyes of the viewer…and she’s upside down.
The background behind the woman’s head is an abstraction of corroded rectangles the colour of Corten steel, tinged in blue and limned with a luminous electric green.
Like I said, eye-catching.
The mural is signed “KUPS”, marking it as the work of Whistler-based street artist and muralist Kris Kupskay who won HP’s #BendTheRules artist competition in 2014. The mural is listed in Kupskay’s online portfolio as “Upside Down World”.
As I was saying. As good as this mural looks on a dry day, I can just imagine how it would look if you added some serious Vancouver rain. Then the woman’s face would be mirrored (right side up) in the glistening wet surface of the paved alley, along with all the buzzing background colours—wow! Right?
Barring a police incident, this mural is definitely one of the most arresting things that you’re likely to see in this particular stretch of Downtown Eastside back alley. I wish that I could tell you exactly which alley but I can’t. You’ll just have to go looking for it.
One of the beauties of the neighbourhood is that as you search you’re almost certain to come across a few other unexpected and interesting sights along the way. Click the image to enlarge it.