the Mayor of Vancouver, that is
That's his honour Mayor Gregor in the white shirt with the "R" protruding from his healthy head of hair. He is the one most responsible for the green initiatives in Vancouver, such as taking away one lane of the Burrard Bridge from the Cars. He is an avid cyclist and today he is ribbon cutting murals which are located on one of the city's bicycle routes
Today they are unveiling 4 murals with a ribbon cutting ceremony at each of the four locations. Of course I was not travelling on a bicycle of the pedalling kind and I am sure to be scorned if I used a gas guzzling machine so I only got to see two dedications
I wasn't sure what time they were going to arrive so I had been waiting for nearly an hour. Then a gaggle of bicyclists silently converged on the area accompanied by our bicycling Mayor.
(Richard Tetrault the artist, is on the right in the green T-shirt)
He had been working on the mural for weeks using hydraulic lifts (www.eastsidemurals.com) .
While Richard was explaining the painting process and how they had to prepare the walls I walked about snapping a few pictures of the crowd
Soon the dedication speeches were over and it was time to cut the ribbon
(Mayor Gregor Robertson cuts the ribbon)
Beside the Mayor (white shirt), on his right is the artist, Richard Tetrault. I have no idea who the others are BUT, Mrs Bobskoot is the one on the right .
With the ribbon cut and lying on the ground it was time to move on to the last stop
I caught a glimpse of the Mayor leaving aboard his bicycle
Soon he was under his own pedal power and slowly made his way down the street and out of sight. Of course, we were also invited to the see the last mural at the Russian Hall where they had entertainment and a healthly supply of nurishment and beverages
(The Russian Hall, Campbell Avenue, Vancouver, BC)
Here they had murals painted on 3 walls
The selection of images for the mural are decided upon by a committee in consultation with the building owner(s)
(West & South facing murals)
Here's part of the mural on the north wall
Here's the Mayor doing the ribbon cutting at the Russian Hall, with prominent members of the Russian Community
Our daughter and grand-daughter were also there watching the festivities
(Tami, daughter & Natashia, grand-daughter)