Artist brightens Courtenay Cemetery

Artist Robert Lundquist has brightened the Courtenay Civic Cemetery with a colourful mural.

ARTIST ROBERT LUNDQUIST has brightened the Courtenay Civic Cemetery with a colourful mural.

When local artist Robert Lundquist was chosen to paint a new mural on the maintenance building at the Courtenay Civic Cemetery, he was asked to make the design blend in with its surroundings.

Lundquist took this request to heart, and the resulting creation looks as though the viewer could step right in.

John Ward, the City’s director of legislative services, said the mural has surpassed expectations.

“We’re absolutely thrilled with the result,” said Ward. “It has transformed this building; it’s a beautiful addition to our cemetery.”

The work portrays a landscape of meandering pathways winding through trees, greenery and benches. The inspiration for the murals came from the central scattering garden and the overall landscape. To plan the artwork, Lundquist spent several hours in the garden, taking photos and letting the surroundings dictate the design. The mural was completed in September.

Lundquist said he enjoyed working on the project, and received many positive comments from passers-by.

“As I was progressing on the walls, people would come by with comments on how comforted it made them feel,” noted Lundquist. “They wanted to take a seat on one of the granite benches or walk right into the scene.

“Many people said that it made the building virtually disappear. It was very encouraging to hear this as that is exactly what the City and I hoped to achieve.”

The Courtenay Civic Cemetery is open to the public seven days a week from 8 a.m. until dusk. For more information, visit www.courtenay.ca.

— City of Courtenay

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Cumberland keeps pushing for groundwater protection

Council will raise issue with Province again through Union of BC Municipalities

Annual music event in Comox Valley celebrates online instead

Vancouver Island MusicFest holds virtual celebration set for July 10

Cumberland wants more done to stop drug deaths

Motions include writing Dr. Bonnie Henry, holding naloxone workshop

Courtenay theatre gets support for livestream ‘hybrid’ shows this year

Island Coastal Economic Trust funds help Sid Williams Theatre with infrastructure, training

Military police training in Comox Valley

Latest quarterly session for training is July 6-8

B.C. accommodators need phone lines to light up as in-province travel given green light

Travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic have decimated the tourism and hospitality industries

300 Cache Creek residents on evacuation alert due to flood risk as river rises

Heavy rainfall on Canada Day has river rising steadily, threatening 175 properties

PHOTOS: GP Vanier Grad

Some submitted photos from the 2020 grad celebrations at GP Vanier in Courtenay

First glimpse of Canada’s true COVID-19 infection rate expected mid-July

At least 105,000 Canadians have tested positive for COVID-19 since the coronavirus was identified

Police ramp up efforts to get impaired drivers off B.C. roads this summer

July is dedicated to the Summer CounterAttack Impaired Driving Campaign

Migrant workers stage multi-city action for full status amid COVID-19 risks

‘COVID-19 has exacerbated an existing crisis’

Okanagan school drops ‘Rebels’ sports team name, citing links with U.S. Civil War

Name and formerly-used images “fly in the face” of the district’s human rights policy, says board chair

PHOTOS: B.C.’s top doc picks up personalized Fluevog shoes, tours mural exhibition

Murals of Gratitude exhibit includes at least one portrait of Henry alongside paintings of health-care workers

In troubled times: Independence Day in a land of confusion

Buffeted by invisible forces and just plain worn out, the United States of America celebrates its 244th birthday

Most Read