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West End laneways get a meaningful makeover with Vancouver Mural Fest
The Vancouver Mural Festival (VMF) is gearing up for its 2022 celebration, with over 30 murals being painted and unveiled across the city from August 4 to 14.
One of the iconic neighbourhoods showcasing the stunning public artworks is the West End, and a meaningful mural series honouring the contributions of those who shaped our communities is continuing this year.
VMF, in collaboration with the West End BIA, is adding three new murals to the West End Laneway Series, and visitors will soon be able to see them in person.

“The West End laneway mural series is a collaborative initiative between Vancouver Mural Festival and the West End BIA to beautify the streetscape while reflecting and sharing the neighbourhood’s diverse history through visual storytelling,” VMF told Daily Hive.
“The recently renamed laneways that run through the West End honour local historical figures that have shaped our city and communities. We hope this year’s three new murals in Rosemary Brown Lane, Jepson-Young Lane and Ted Northe Lane, along with two from 2021, will shine a light on the important contributions made by their namesakes and act as a bridge between the neighbourhood’s history and its vibrant community of residents, visitors, and tourists.”
During VMF 2022 and beyond, visit the neighbourhood to discover the three new murals, including:

The Blossoming of Compassion by Kirk Gower
Kirk Gower’s West End Laneway mural spotlights Dr. Peter Jepson-Young, a Vancouver medical doctor diagnosed with AIDS who then created the weekly CBC series Dr. Peter Diaries to help educate the public about his journey with HIV and AIDS.
Before his passing in 1992, Jepson-Young founded the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation and the Dr. Peter Centre, a place where people with AIDS could receive compassionate care through to the end of their lives.
According to the mural statement, Gower’s artwork is a tribute to Jepson-Young’s tireless work to sow seeds of compassion.
The Blossoming of Compassion can be found at Jepson-Young Lane at Denman, between Comox Street and Pendrell Street.

Photos © Sabrina Miso Creative/Vancouver Mural Festival Daily Hive

20 July 2022
Daniel Chai, Vancouver