Where Water Meets Rail
Water Meets Rail by Lorraine Coakley-Black, Fonthill, Ontario. Painted
in 1988, at 147 East Main Street, 9' by 23'. Unlike other murals that focus
on people, Lorraine's mural portrays the Townline Tunnel and concentrates
on forms of transportation. The people in the mural (a conductor, drivers
and cyclists) are secondary to the transportation elements, although Lorraine
personalized the characters as members of her family.
mural was designed to illustrate the different forms of transportation
occurring simultaneously. There is no interruption of travel. Trains, cars,
bicycles and ships can all continue on their way without bridges having
to be raised. With the important engineering accomplishment of tunnels,
Welland residents were now able to save time."
immediate and daily response of the watchful public was very encouraging
when doing such a large work. I felt supported by the passers-by. It was
an experience that allowed me to feel more comfortable with the people
watching me work."
Virtual Guide's Comments
image here is one of a dynamic community whose industry has given rise
to a fully integrated transportation system. The juxtaposition of the bikes
alongside the freight train adds a human dimension to the scene, suggestive
of the notion that industry, while frequently maligned, can produce real
benefits in terms of quality of life. The representation of the train is
somewhat reminiscent of 1920's art deco style, where minimal detail delivers
a bold statement.
the Artist: Lorraine Coakley-Black, Fonthill, Ontario
and raised in St. Catharines, Lorraine developed a keen interest in art
when she won her first contest in grade six. Since then, she has been developing
her talent constantly and establishing herself in the freelance market.
She is a graduate of the Fine Arts Department of the Ontario College of
Art and now specializes in watercolour painting.
designs were selected for the Market Square logo contests in Welland and
St. Catharines. She has had watercolour shows in several Niagara area galleries
and has participated regularly in the annual Pelham Art Festival. Lorraine
also teaches watercolour techniques at Niagara College. Her transportation
mural was her first outdoor mural project.