Across Calgary’s alleyways, hundreds of thousands of garage doors sit blank and boring. It’s a different story in my inner-city neighbourhood of Sunnyside, where they’re considered to be blank canvases.
Stroll Sunnyside’s back lanes and you’ll see more than 20 bright garage door murals, depicting scenes including smiling bike riders, a cross-country skier, neighbourhood dogs and cats, the solar system and even a bathtub. Collectively, they transform monotonous alleyways into a vibrant outdoor art gallery. Let’s go explore.
The first alley art in my neighbourhood appeared about two decades ago, when a teenager who wanted to be a graffiti artist was given a garage door to paint. That mural by Aerosolic led to two other painted garages in the same alley.
Sunnysider Christie Page loved that original alley art. It made her want to paint her own garage door, but she worried what the neighbours would think.
Then new neighbours…