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Welland's Murals:
5. Welland Trolley

About the Mural
Welland 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 1920.

The Artist's Interpretation
"The 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 fair."

"In 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."

"I 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."

Your Virtual Guide's Comments
In 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.

About the Artist: David More, Red Deer, Alberta
Born 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.

David 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.

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