Graffiti artist inspires with latest wall mural

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Regina's Josh Goff has returned to Swift Current to share his mural creation talents on another blank exterior wall at The Center.

As part of the creative team which completed the original north facing mural during the summer of 2011, Goff is again turning a drab wall into an eye-catching expression of urban art.

The talented artist hopes to have his four metre high mural by early next week, with many passers by already stopping to follow the progress of his work.

"I really like doing community-based projects. I feel that they have a real big importance to the community," Goff said during a break from his ladder and spray paint cans.

He is pleased he was given the opportunity to return in order to complete a second wall at The Center.

"You always kind of want to build on that legacy, especially when you have such a large space to work with."

He explained his current mural builds on The Center's simple message of "inspire".

"They have the word INSPIRE. So then I just started playing around with the idea of it, and using some characters standing on the word INSPIRE, taking ownership of it," Goff said.

As central themes to the mural, a girl character is portrayed as feeling like a hero, complete with superhero cape, because of how she is feeling inspired. A male character on the mural is searching for a future reason for being inspired, but at the same time riding his current inspiration.

As it is a community project, Goff wanted to do more than just present his own solo vision.

"When I'm doing especially a community project, it feels really good to listen to the community and hear what they have to say. Because sometimes as an artist I could put my personal work up, but that might not really engage a lot of the community," Goff said. "But when you're working with the community and hearing what they have to say, and building upon those ideas, you get to have more people enjoying it. So I really like that part of the process."

Goff is expecting to put five more days of work into the mural before it is completed.

"It's a great feeling though when you start off so small and then go so large. There's no words that could describe that feeling," Goff explained before climbing his ladder and returning back to work.

Geographic location: Swift Current

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