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2006-08-17 Overpass Gallery Now Open:Footsteps to the Future of the Waterfront Unveiled

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Children enjoy the colourful new Overpass. (photo courtesy of the Thunder Bay Art Gallery)
August 17, 2006 – The City of Thunder Bay, in partnership with the Thunder Bay Art Gallery Arts Access Program, officially opened the Overpass Gallery today  with a ribbon cutting ceremony and unveiling of the recently completed “Footsteps to the Future of the Waterfront” floor mural. 

Over 200 students from St. James School worked with Alia Abaya, Community Artist of the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, to create designs inside of stylized footprints - both human and animal - of what the Waterfront means to them. The project also involved the broader community as many more children and adults also contributed to the mural concept by making their own footprint designs at Marina Park on Canada Day.  

“This floor mural is perhaps the longest piece of public art in Thunder Bay,” says Mayor Lynn Peterson. “I think I speak for many, especially the artists and children who were involved in its design and creation, that it is a great source of pride.”

Arts Access Ribbon Cutting
l-r: Duncan Weller, Alana Forslund, Mayor Lynn Peterson, and Alia Abaya cut the ribbon
“I think it is important to remember our children, the future generation, will inherit the Waterfront. The Overpass Gallery is an example of taking something functional and turning it into something that engages people. The artwork is whimsical and interactive, all the while leading you to one our greatest assets…our Waterfront.”

‘Footsteps to the Future’ celebrates the development of Thunder Bay’s waterfront and contributes to a legacy for all to enjoy.