It’s the end of the Wasaga Beach digital artist’s MBL project

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Alex Kostecka-Silva’s Sea Can Art Project Highlights the Connection Between Midland, Georgian Bay and the Trans Canada Trail

When Alex Kostecka-Silva saw the call for artists, she knew she had to apply.

But seeing his successful creation after being commissioned by the City of Midland over the weekend really brought it all home.

“The goal was to create an uplifting, family-friendly piece that inspires community engagement and a sense of connection to Midland geographically and historically,” she says, noting that the Midland Rotary Waterfront Trail provides a great opportunity to walk, hike cycling and jogging.

“My illustration showcases these recreational activities as well as the beautiful terrain. In the background you can see Midland Bay with native pines and spruces on the horizon.

The digital artist’s creation sits at Midland Bay Landing affixed to a tin can. The mural is 40 feet long by 6 feet high, covering the entire front of the large shipping container.

Although Kostecka-Silva has designed other smaller murals in her hometown of Wasaga Beach, this is the first she’s installed in packaging. It was printed as a large piece of vinyl and installed on the sea box near town.

Karen Mealing, the city’s culture and community manager, said the sea can was purchased with funding received through a grant that she cannot announce at this time.

“The funder is putting us under embargo, but I’m contacting the program manager to see if we can make an announcement soon,” says Mealing. “The Sea Can was just a small part of the activities undertaken with the funding and we would certainly like to share all that we have achieved with the grant with the community.”

The call for artists, issued earlier this year, called for the design to be inspired by culture, geography and tourism, as well as a “sense of connection” with Midland.

“They (the city) decided they liked the one I submitted. It will be used by the city as a display piece,” says Kostecka-Silva, who notes that she was “kind of an art kid growing up” and has been doing digital illustrations for eight years.

“I just find that you can’t really make mistakes with digital art. The undue button makes it very forgiving.

Kostecka-Silva, who the city has told the sea can be used to house building materials at Midland Bay Landing and moved during special events, says her design also recognizes the city’s contribution to the Trans Canada Trail.

The foreground features silhouettes of hikers and a cyclist ascending an elevated area of ​​the trail surrounded by pollinating plants, foliage, and honey bees at work.

“I wanted to highlight as many activities as possible,” says Kostecka-Silva, adding that she also researched the city’s history. “It took about two weeks of design time and three drafts.”

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