Call to artists to paint murals on underpasses


(press release)

The City of Ottawa is seeking artists to paint murals on two underpass walls located at the Laurier Avenue underpasses at Colonel By Drive and the Queen Elizabeth Parkway.


The City chose to enhance these underpasses as they are key gateways to downtown Ottawa and their proximity to the Rideau Canal. This year, artists who submit mural designs are required to incorporate a celebration of the canal’s historical and cultural significance.


Interested artists can visit for more information on the application process and selection criteria. Each wall will feature a community-inspired mural developed by the selected artists based on public consultations. The designs will be chosen by an independent panel of local artists and community members.


Selected artists will be announced in early August and they will be expected to complete the artwork by the end of September 2016.


Outdoor murals can bring vitality and civic pride to community cores. They have also proven to be successful in managing graffiti.


For more information, call 3-1-1 or email


This is the third year that the City has chosen to paint murals on underpasses. Previous underpass locations that have been revitalized with murals are:

  • Bank Street at the Queensway
  • Carling Avenue at the Queensway
  • Metcalfe Street at the Queensway
  • Riverside Drive at Bronson Avenue


For more information on the City’s mural programs, and photos of completed underpass murals, please visit


OttawaStart Staff


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