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Heart of the Valley

Black Artifex // 2017

Whitemud Equine Learning Centre Association

Photo by Doyle C. Marko

This pyrographed mural takes its inspiration from the history of the Keillor farm and its natural setting along the North Saskatchewan River.

The role of the horse within the narrative of Alberta’s cattle ranching history prompted the use of western” aesthetics. The designs, often embossed on saddles, boots, and other leather items, inspired many of the decorative motifs in the mural. The clear cedar surface of the equestrian centre will feature life-size depictions of many animals, both wild and domestic.

The artwork complements the contemporary architecture of the new stable, animating the façade and inviting visitors to explore the intricate lines and patterns of the design.

Whitemud Equine Learning Centre Association

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