Banner Art on Display

February 24, 2010
WINNIPEG—The work of over 100 of Winnipeg’s top graphic artists is on display at Portage Place from now until March 31. The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ held two banner competitions to create new art for Main Street and Chinatown. The winners were chosen by a jury of artists and design experts, and both hail from Red River College’s graphic design program.
A set of three Main Street banners mark this gateway into downtown and were designed by Adam Jefkins. They salute the architecture and history of Main Street with landmarks like the Via Rail station, Esplanade Riel and Hotel Fort Garry depicted on them. A rising sun on each banner signals the new beginnings and opportunities Winnipeg always has on offer.
The Chinatown banner was created to honour the Year of the Tiger and was designed by Kate Loewen. This simple and striking banner depicts the tiger in a regal and upright pose to signal its strength and energy. The use of green contrasts with the traditional red to draw the eye, adding visual impact.
“We received so many professional, creative and beautiful designs, we had an extremely hard time choosing,” said Stefano Grande, Downtown BIZ executive director. “Although we could only choose one winner for each location, we felt we had to show off the rest of the designs to the public. These works demonstrate just how much talent we have in our city.”
The banner display is open from 8am-8pm, daily and is located on the second floor of Portage Place next to Ricki’s (the former Smart Set space).
For more information, please contact:
Nisha Tuli, Manager, Communications & MarketingPh: (204) 958-4626