EXPLORE DOWNTOWN DARTMOUTH
DOWNTOWN DARTMOUTH ART WALK
Snap the perfect selfie or capture a memorable photograph! Take a stroll or roll around downtown Dartmouth to visit our growing number of murals and sculptures. Click the location button below any of the images for directions. Don't forget to tag us in your posts! #downtowndartmouth
The "Neon" Mural at night is a light installation designed by Philidelphia-based artist David Guinn and lighting designer Drew Billiau. It was installed by Sasha Anistratova and Rick Zettlemoyer. By night, the mural transforms into a bright display of changing light, evoking the optimism and revival of downtown Dartmouth. The LED lighting is neon-like, but uses the equivalent energy required to light just a few incandescent bulbs.
The "Neon" Mural by day was designed and painted by Philadelphia-based artist David Guinn. The colours and shapes evoke the physical features and history of Dartmouth – the harbour, the skies, Sullivan's Pond, the ferry, etc. The bold blue and yellow of the former City of Dartmouth flag are represented in the arc located at the far right. Fun Fact: Dart Gallery owner and local artist Jane MacDougald assisted with the painting.
Marisa is a multi-storey mural created by Ottawa-based artist Dan Metcalfe. He and local artist Christian Toth painted the piece during the Hopscotch Urban Art Festival in 2017. Metcalfe says the piece is one of his all-time favourites. The woman is an artist friend of Metcalfe, Her young son took the photo that inspired the mural. The Hopscotch Festival takes place every September, featuring street art and live music.
What Is For The Public Good? is a mural painted by local artist Nick Brunt. The question was uttered by Joseph Howe (1804-1873) who was a Nova Scotian journalist, politician, public servant, and poet. Howe boldly fought for freedom of the press, which revolutionized Canadian journalism. Brunt's exuberant and colourful interpretation of Howe's quote lets the message resonate in a contemporary context.
Vintage Postcard was created by artist Jake Siebert. He painted the design on aluminum panels which were later installed on the side of the building. The image evokes a bygone era when people sent postcards to loved ones while on vacation. This postcard captures iconic Dartmouth moments: the Sullivan's Pond Geese, Paddling on Lake Banook, Tuft's Cove and the ferry. Fun Fact: Jake is a professional window painting artist.
Dartmouth Cove Murals are an ever-changing outdoor gallery of urban art. Some of the pieces were created by visiting artists during the Hopscotch Urban Art Festival. Others were painted by locals. Each has a story to tell. Due to it's proximity to the ocean and the railway tracks, this This urban art zone is a favourite spot for photographers and film makers. Don't be surprised to see a fashion shoot in progress!
Creative Millwork Murals are located on an industrial building on the way to or from Dartmouth Cove from downtown. The vibrant underwater scene is a permanent installation. On all three sides of the building, you'll find several murals, graffiti artworks and tags. Like most of the walls in the Dartmouth Cove area, these "canvases" are frequently painted and re-painted by different artists, both local and visiting.
Vetwise Menagerie is a delightful collection of exotic animal sculptures. Take a moment to look up, down and side to side to capture all of the animals. Although most of the clinic's clients are cats and dogs, the sculptures demonstrate an appreciation for all creatures. Fun Fact: Vetwise Animal Hospital won the Holiday Decor contest in 2018 by dressing every sculpture in Santa Hats and crazy Christmas socks.
Strange Adventures Comics Mural was commissioned by the Comic Book Shop Strange Adventures Dartmouth. It is a fun mural featuring well-known characters from comic books of the past and modern day. Fun Fact: Strange Adventures usually has a small selection of FREE comic books to give away to kids to promote literacy and imagination. Often, the shop owner has comic book characters painted on the sidewalk too.
Mini Murals can be found in four locations on or near Portland Street. See if you can spot 1) The Pet Snakes 2) The Little House 3) The Zany Trio and 4) The Googly-eyed Monster. These whimsical mini murals were created by PBJ Design, a local non-profit group that uses public art installations and creative placemaking to build community and spread joy. Note how each mural incorporates features of the property it's painted on.
School Chair was created by Iian Sandler. It's scholarly design nods to the sculpture's location at the former Greenvale School. From 1915 to 1987, this historic building served the community, in fact, it was the site of Canada's first kindergarten class. The building now houses luxury apartments. School Chair is made of painted aluminum with an accompanying Pink Pearl eraser-style podium.
Halifax Explosion Markers are located in Ferry Terminal Park and in The Dartmouth Commons. They are part of a series of commemorative installations mark the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion. On December 6, 1917, the disaster claimed the lives of 2000+ people and injured 9000+ more. Designed by RHAD Architects, the duality of the form evokes tension between past/future and tragedy/hope.
Dazzle was created by Jane MacDougald, local artist and owner of The Dart Gallery. The bold, contrasting shapes were mapped out by MacDougald, then the public assisted with the painting during the 2017 Nocturne Art at Night festival. Every October, downtown Dartmouth business owners collaborate on transforming the district into a multi-sensory art installation. All are invited to this FREE public event.
Metamorphosiswas painted by Christian Toth. The interactive mural is located in the alley beside Revana Pizza. You are encouraged to stand in the centre of the butterfly wings to experience a virtual metamorphosis while being photographed. Fun Fact: Christian Toth created the Dartmouth Letters that once stood watch over the harbour before being destroyed by Hurricane Dorian in the Fall of 2019.