Winnipeg’s latest mural is a tribute to Indian art, architecture and history.
The mural, called ‘India — Wonders & Wisdom’ and located on the east-facing wall of India Palace Restaurant on Ellice Avenue, was unveiled to cheers and applause on Thursday.
Artist Brian Gasenzer said he wanted to add colour to the neighbourhood and felt Mahatma Gandhi, the Taj Mahal, lotus plants and a setting sun were perfect for the mural, which took about 12 days to make.
“Gandhi was a man of peace, love and prosperity,” he said moments before the unveiling, adding “India Palace was keeping me well-fed and watered … The food is what kept me going, the taste of India.”
India Palace sponsored the mural and owners Ashwani and Saroj Nagpal could not have been more pleased with the outcome.
In a press release, the owners said, “when people think of India, these symbols of our country come to mind. They are what everyone can relate to — peace and love.”
Gloria Cardwell-Hoeppner, executive director of West End Biz, which commissioned the mural, said the mural is “colourful and bold.”
“It’s a fabulous piece and we are pleased to welcome Brian’s work to our collection,” she said.
Dignitaries including Coun. Harvey Smith (Daniel McIntyre) and Wolseley MLA Rob Altemeyer, representing area MLA Andrew Swan, attended the unveiling.
The West End Biz’s mural program is internationally recognized and award-winning, and over 65 works of art have been created to date.