Bob Boyer Mural Consigned to Rubble

Expansion of the 13th Ave Safeway is now underway. Yesterday, the Bob Boyer mural on the west wall of the strip mall where Safeway is located was destroyed as part of the expansion. If you recall from earlier debate around Safeway’s plan, the mural was deemed to be too costly to save because of all the brickwork and whatnot that would have been needed to be done to dismantle and reconstruct it. And apparently it wasn’t regarded as feasible from a corporate perspective to maintain the wall as part of the expanded store.

Here’s a before and after photo that I lifted from Heather Hodgson’s Facebook page with her consent:

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9 thoughts on “Bob Boyer Mural Consigned to Rubble”

  1. Walked by them horsies just about every day. Not the greatest looking mural in the world, but shit, I’m gonna miss ’em.

  2. I am very upset to know the mural was dismantled. It was a beautiful piece of the neighborhood and was a symbol of the artists and Aboriginal population that make up a large part of Cathedral neighborhood. It was a wonderful piece of work that both Bob and Marcie worked on together. What an incredibly gross decision to dismantle it.

  3. A priceless piece that Safeway and the city could have saved. The four horses represent the four colours of people. My heart goes out to Bob’s widow who must be devastated!

  4. His widow did not want the artwork preserved. You could check back with old pdblog posts, ot the Leader-Post.

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