We Are All Canucks - what does that mean to you?
That was the question thrown at Graeme Zirk, a Vancouver based illustrator and artist, with a background in graphic design, who we challenged to paint a mural over the boarded up Canucks team store at Rogers Arena.
Zirk, who grew up in the prairies drawing comics, recently completed his colourful masterpiece, which salutes frontline and health care workers.
"I wanted to give you something that highlights the community, the essential workers and reimagined/whimsical versions of all the comforting hallmarks you'd see walking around our city and going to a game," explained Zirk. "Hockey is definitely in there conceptually, but it's ultimately about our community, and the city."
Video: Canucks Team Store Mural
Showcasing the Canucks, Vancouver, and our community coming together during the COVID19 pause was essential to this piece, according to Canucks brand manager Morgan Wood, as was portraying hope and togetherness in highlighting our dedication and thanks to our amazing community.
"We wanted this space to acknowledge the spirit of togetherness and pride of being a Canucks fan, while also highlighting heroes in our community during this time," said Wood. "Working on this project, it was important to us to work with a local artist to involve the fan voice in the piece as much as we could. We are so thrilled with the final piece that Graeme has produced."
This is the second mural done recently at Rogers Arena. The other, done by artist Scott Sueme, is inside the arena, located between sections 325 & 326.