The communities of Copperfield and Mahogany are scheduled to get a bright, DIY, makeover. That is, if the weather will cooperate.
The Copperfield Paint the Pavement event has already been cancelled four times because of poor weather conditions. Something that Brenda Pacheco-Vega, the event coordinator, said is getting frustrating.
“We’d really like to get this finished, because it’s really exciting, there’s a lot of fun and colour involved. It would be great to do it before the summer and before school gets in in the fall,” said Pacheco-Vega.
Copperfield resident Joylynn Matheson and said the volunteers have been doing a great job staying excited and working hard throughout all of the cancellations.
Matheson also worked with the City of Calgary to speak with community members about what they want to see in their communities. She said Copperfield-Mahogany residents said they wanted to see more public art in their communities
“Those types of things don’t typically come to suburban communities. We don’t see a lot of public art installations. I think it’s going to be a really neat opportunity for us to do something different,” said Matheson.
Copperfield paint-up to bring community together
Paint the Pavement will bring community members together to bring pre-designed artwork to life. Anyone can go to the event and help paint.
The community worked with the Young Rembrandts to design the pathway to be painted. In addition to the designs finalized by the art group, the pathway will also feature contest winners art. Students from the community were asked to submit their designs and two winners were chosen from each grade.
“I’m excited for the kids to see their work finally put down onto the pavement. I think that’s going to be the real key piece of it, is watching the kids get excited about something they were a part of,” said Matheson.
Seeing their artwork featured, said Pacheco-Vega, will create a sense of ownership for the students. She also said this might help encourage more people to use the pathway. It’s expected to help alleviate traffic problems in front of schools by having parents park further away and walk along the bright pathway to drop their children off.
While pavement painting isn’t new to Calgary, this event is the first of it’s kind. According to Pacheco-Vega all other painted areas in Calgary are on roadways, this one will be on the sidewalk.
The current scheduled Copperfield paint event is June 28 from 10am – 4pm. Of course, weather permitting.
For more information, visit the Copperfield-Mahogany Community Association website.