At CTQ, we’re always looking for opportunities to engage our community in collective growth and prosperity. From sponsorships, scholarships and bursaries, to donating time and money to local charities, we are proud of our company’s continued commitment to Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley. We are especially proud of our long-standing relationship with UBC Okanagan, which includes over 60 successful joint projects and initiatives. After all that time working together as partners, it was only natural to reach out to them with an idea to help beautify a part of downtown Kelowna for everyone to enjoy.
CTQ approached UBCO with a unique opportunity for their department of Creative and Critical Studies; To design and paint a mural on the two-storey blank wall bordering our office in downtown Kelowna that reflected our commitment to community. This resulted in discussions that led to a brand-new art education experience for their Bachelor of Fine Arts students and UBCO’s (and Canada’s) first university mural class was born! CTQ proudly helped to fund the program and obtain permission from the neighboring building owners who graciously allowed the students to utilize their wall as a canvas for the experience.
Working alongside UBCO’s Art instructor David Doody and his students, the painting design came together to showcase the student’s amazing artistic talents, and gave CTQ a beautiful piece of art to represent part of what we do as an Engineering, Planning, and Urban Design consulting firm. The inspiration for this design came from one of CTQ’s most noteworthy and environmentally sensitive designs: Harrison Hot Springs Screw Pump Flood Control.
CTQ is proud to be part of beautifying our community, supporting UBCO student growth, and strengthening community relationships. Both CTQ and UBCO hope this project will inspire similar mural painting classes for years to come at UBCO and other nearby universities.
The following links to media coverage and pictures show the wall mural in various stages to its completion:
Castanet – Urban art project reveal
Facebook – Uptown Mural Project
Kelowna Capital News – UBCO unveils two-storey mural in downtown Kelowna
Kelowna Now – VIDEO: Art in the alley
The Canadian News – UBC Okanagan students complete large mural in downtown Kelowna
UBC Campus News – UBCO urban-art project adds colour and vibrancy to city spaces
Vernon Morning Star – UBCO unveils two-storey mural in downtown Kelowna