The murals originally began as a class project for a microeconomics policy course, ECON210, which tasks students to interact with public policy and bring a change to the city.
Brook found the necessary public space for the murals and secured funding from the City of Vancouver for paint and other supplies. She chose and organized all of the artists, some of whom are also UBC students.
“There aren’t any mural walls that are constantly changing like the way this one is,” said Brook, who can now add curator to her résumé. “I think the project could be considered the first of its kind in the city.”
The latest murals are the second set to go up in the tunnel near Granville Loop Park since Brook launched the pilot project two years ago. The murals will stay up for one year before being painted over with new art in late 2019.
For Brook, now a third-year student studying economics and international relations, the project has changed the way she sees the city.
“Before this project, I loved seeing the murals in Vancouver, but never really thought I could create my own,” she said. “This project has taught me it’s possible to influence the landscape of Vancouver and interact with the municipal government in this way.”
Brook hopes to bring more public art to the city by expanding the project’s concept of temporary, annually-changing art to different locations in Vancouver.