Museum Without Walls - Vernon, British Columbia
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Quick Description: Come with us and visit the murals of Vernon: There are currently 27 murals and featured is Museum Without Walls, #13 in the walking tour guide available at the visitor's centre. This mural is a reminder of the days when we were also apple pickers.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 9/1/2014 11:45:40 AM
Waymark Code: WMMCR1
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
Museum Without Walls is one of K's favorites. Must be flash backs from years ago when he worked as an apple picker and later planted trees and installed a new irrigation system. I remember well the first day I was picking apples; I fell off the box I used to stand on and broke my leg. Lucky me, no more apple picking for that season.

Commercial production of tree fruit, which included apples, began in the Okanagan Valley in the 1890s. In 1893 the Kelowna Shippers’ Union began marketing and selling fruit in the mining districts of British Columbia.

By 1913 there were four co-ops in the Okanagan: Okanagan Fruit Union, the Vernon Fruit Co-op, the Salmon Arm Farmers Exchange, and the Kelowna Growers Exchange. These co-ops provided fruit growers an outlet for their annual production and the necessary revenue to continue production.

The apple pickers shown in the mural were harvesting apples, most likely, for the Vernon Fruit Co-op.

Just at the end of WWI, the Laurel Packinghouse was built in Kelowna. The bricks used for its construction was from the clay from nearby Knox Mountain. The packinghouse continued working until the 1970s.

The Laurel Packinghouse is the oldest and largest standing packinghouse of its kind in British Columbia and is designated a heritage site and is home to the British Columbia Orchard Industry Museum.

All the murals are well done paying tribute to the artist's talent and creativity for any passersby to enjoy.

The murals are numbered and we will showcase
# 13 – Museum Without Walls

Museum Without Walls

3300 Coldstream Avenue

This is a very unique mural because it uses a technique called Trompe L’oeil or Trick of the Eye. The mural shows a little boy looking through a broken wall into a museum, that has a mural on display. The inner mural is one of women working in an orchard during WWI. The mural is so realistic that parking stops were painted right in to keep cars from hitting the wall

Lead Artist: Michelle Loughery

Contributing Artists:
Liz Allardice (Assistant Artist)
Chris Bennett
Shane Berg
Peter Buwalda
Sarah Hambley
Monica Jewell
Christa Kermeen
Sarah LaCroix
Caleb Lee
Sarah Lindsay
Nikki Litowski
Robert Mairs
Steven Skolka
Carla Spragg
Tyler Toews
Krista Van Ee

From the Museum Without Walls

The Downtown Vernon Association has invested considerable resources into the creation of the 27 amazing works of art that grace our downtown buildings. These murals depict the history, culture, scenery, and folklore that made Vernon what it is today.

The mural project was a multi-year collaborative effort that included youth employment, revitalization, and heritage conservation strategies.
From the Downtown Vernon Murals

Museum Without Borders

City: Vernon

Location Name: Equuis Wealth Management

Artist: Michelle Loughery

Date: 2000

Media: Painted on concrete building blocks

Relevant Web Site: [Web Link]

Visit Instructions:
Please give the date and description of your visit. One original photo of the mural must also be submitted. GPSr photo NOT required.
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