Vernon BMX Club volunteer Pearl Fogel, 11, and club president Shylo Orchard admire the work of Vernon artist David Macri, who volunteered his time to help spruce up the club’s shed wall with a three dimensional-style painting (left) and the club’s logo. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Local artist touches up Vernon BMX Club shed wall

David Macri creates 3D-style work alongside club logo

When she joined the executive of the Vernon BMX Club, one of the original things current president Shylo Orchard put on her to-do list was spruce up the club’s non-descript, blank motoshed wall.

It took a few years but with some help from club parents and a local artist, Orchard was able to cross that item off her list.

“It was so blank forever, but I was always busy doing other stuff, so it didn’t get done,” laughed Orchard.

The club unveiled the design and club logo added to the north end of the wall by Vernon artist David Macri. On one half of the wall is the design of a person on a bike. On the other half is the Vernon BMX Club logo.

“The wall is in a city park, so David came up with the concept of making it look like a B.C. Parks sign that has camping and tents,” said Lisa Fogel, a friend of the shy artist. “He tried to make it three dimensional with shading. It’s meant to look like an actual wooded sign mounted on a brick wall.”

READ MORE: New-look Ranger Park coming for Vernon BMX

Added Orchard: “We’re all about the wood here,” referencing the natural trees that grace Ranger Park, home of the Vernon BMX Club.

Macri, working off an image provided by Orchard, used the style of Trompe-l’œil, French for deceipt or trick of the eye. It’s a technique that uses realistic imagery to create an optical illusion that the objects depicted are in three dimensions.

“We wanted to get the logo up there so people can recognize what’s going on when they drive by the park,” Fogel said.

“The volunteers prepped the wall and the paint was donated to the artist by volunteers,” Orchard said. “I can’t get across how amazing this community is. Everyone comes together and helps. I just love it.”

Reaction has been positive.

“The riders and parents love it,” Orchard said. “It’s a noticeable symbol when you enter the park.”

The addition of the mural is the latest in what’s been a busy 2019 at the park. The club rebuilt completely its track earlier this season.

You can view more of Macri’s work here.

READ MORE: Stolen car linked to attempted Vernon business break in

READ MORE: Mountain goat killed by lightning in Kamloops


@VernonNews
roger@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Ben Sures returns to Vernon stage

Entertaining singer brings stories to Record City, with opening local talent Ernest Anyway

Mobile needle exchange considered in Vernon

City looks at options to combat issues of discarded needles

Man cycles across B.C. Interior for sobriety

Vancouver Island Resident Matt Fee is approaching the final phase of his cross-Canada bike journey to raise awareness about addiction recovery.

Public input wanted on important ‘business’: Regional District North Okanagan

Bathroom concepts for Okanagan Rail Trail to be discussed at open house tomorrow

$24M invested in North Okanagan wastewater recovery project

Four years of hard work paid off after government invests big money into water project

VIDEO: Liberals make child care pledge, Greens unveil platform on Day 6 of campaign

Green party leader Elizabeth May unveils her party’s platform in Toronto

Canucks sign Brock Boeser to three-year, US$17.6-million deal

Young sniper will be in Vancouver Tuesday

B.C. forest industry looks to a high-technology future

Restructuring similar to Europe 15 years ago, executive says

RCMP conclude investigation into 2017 Elephant Hill wildfire

Files have been turned over to BC Prosecution Service

B.C. wants to be part of global resolution in opioid company bankruptcy claim

Government says settlement must include Canadian claims for devastation created by overdose crisis

B.C. ends ‘birth alerts’ in child welfare cases

‘Social service workers will no longer share information about expectant parents without consent’

U.S. student, killed in Bamfield bus crash, remembered as ‘kind, intelligent, talented’

John Geerdes, 18, was one of two UVic students killed in the crash on Friday night

Facebook group forms committee against Thompson Nicola R.V. crackdown

Group discusses issues with regional R.V. bylaw at recent meeting

Free Tesla 3 offered with purchase of Surrey townhome

Century Group’s offer for Viridian development runs through Oct. 31

Most Read