The search is on for a building to boast a new mural in downtown Vernon.

The search is on for a building to boast a new mural in downtown Vernon.

Home needed for new mural

Downtown Vernon Association seeking site and funds for proposed painting

A new downtown Vernon mural is closer to reality but cash and a building are still needed.

The Downtown Vernon Association board is contributing $6,000 to a mural being developed by artist Michelle Loughery.

“The mural will have a human rights theme set in the years around the First World War when Ukrainians and other Eastern Europeans designated as enemy aliens were sent to internment camps in Vernon and 23 other Canadian communities,” said Earl Hansen, with the DVA.

“While in the camps, these 8,000 or more internees were forced to work on infrastructure projects that contributed to the Canadian economy in both the short and long-term. The camps were closed after the war ended and those who were incarcerated in them were patrolled out to various hard-labour jobs.”

Unlike the previous 27 downtown murals, this project would be painted on aluminum panels which would be affixed to the outside of the building housing the mural.

Additional funding is still required before the project can proceed.

“Those interested in making a donation to the project should contact the DVA,” said Hansen.

“One of the early sponsors of the mural project is the Silver Star Rotary Club which is contributing $2,000.”

The DVA is also looking for a commercial property owner downtown who would be interested in making a wall available for the mural.

For more information, call 250-542-5851.