Kakes in Castlegar
Another new air purifying mural has sprung up in Castlegar and this time it’s not just the art that’s special, but the paint as well. The mural, on the side of the ARC Youth Programs building, is the first in Canada to feature Airlite technology.
The anti-pollution property of the Castlegar mural are equal to approximately 81 sqm of mature forest, and it absorbs the pollution created by 17 cars per day. Which is fitting, since the mural stands along Castlegar’s busiest street.
Matty Kakes (a.k.a. Matty Hillman) included a QR code on the mural, which provides easy access to all the details and specifications of the Airlite’s properties.
The Kootenay artist typically uses spray paint in his murals, but the environmental qualities of Airlite drew Kakes to it.
The idea for a mural on the building came from Eugene Voykin, a friend of the program manager at ARC Youth Programs. The idea was then tossed around and Kakes took the lead to plan and create the work. But Kakes is proud of the fact that the mural was really a community project.
The idea was grass roots, the money came from a variety of funders, support came from the building’s owner and tenants and the labour came from a number of people from local youth to a 74-year-old Kootenay elder.
In Kakes’ words:
“There is a positive impact of murals, in addition to beautifying, it is also community building to work together with people to create a sort of ownership to the space, especially with young people.”
Find out more about Matty Kakes work here!