Trolley by David More, Red Deer, Alberta. Painted in 1988, at 1 Niagara
Street (across from Bogner Photography Studios), 18' by 14'. David has
combined three images in his mural: a street-car scene, a conductor, and
four horses racing to the finish line in a race at the Welland Fair, around
Welland County Fair has been a long-time highlight in the Niagara Peninsula.
Fair-goers would come from far and wide to attend the annual event, many
riding on the inter-urban railway that ran alongside the fair grounds.
One of the favourite attractions was the horse racing that took place during
the mural, a trolley conductor frames the upper left of the image. A trolley
car arrives at an inter-urban station on the Niagara and St. Catharines
Railway, and below, galloping racehorses thunder towards the home stretch.
The ferris wheel is the focus of the whole image."
particularly enjoy the 'people-reaction' during the mural-painting process.
As viewers pass by, they get to participate in the daily evolution of the
artwork. They watch, offer suggestions. They grow with the painting, and
a rapport develops between the artist and the audience. It is a shared
experience that is impossible to match in one's own studio."
Virtual Guide's Comments
this mural, we see a realistic rendition of the trolley and its conductor
about to deliver a family to the fair grounds for a day at Welland's annual
fall extravaganza. The upper scene is photographic compared to the stylized
rendering of the racehorses with their faceless riders. The flowing lines
of the thundering horses suggest a grace and speed not associated with
the ponderous trolley car. The painting speaks of an acquiescence to the
ascendancy of technology albeit with a marked tenderness for the past.
the Artist: David More, Red Deer, Alberta
in Scotland but raised in Red Deer, David graduated in Fine Arts from the
Alberta College of Art in 1972. He has worked on an Art History project
for Alberta Culture as a medical graphics artist, and he received a Canada
Council Grant for his "Crowsnest Pass" series.
normally works in oils, watercolours and acrylics on large canvases although
he also does smaller paintings. He has illustrated and co-authored several
books. Prior to his "Welland Trolley" mural, he completed outdoor murals
in Chemainus, British Columbia and Bashaw, Alberta to celebrate the 75th
anniversary of that community. He currently teaches art at Red Deer College
and before that was an instructor at the Alberta College of Art.