Tour the Murals of Downtown Medicine Hat

Posted on : Monday, April 05, 2021

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Entering its third year, the team behind Medicine Hat Mural Fest has been beautifying our city one building at a time, and it is worth the stroll through our city's vibrant downtown area. From bright, eye-catching imagery to messages of hope, the Medicine Hat Murals have become a must-see for visiting folks. Here's a great list to start you off, but keep your eyes peeled! You will find many hidden gems on your way! 


Need directions?
Reference the Downtown Map in our Experience Guide for mural locations and walking tour directions.


Vehicle Underpass

One of the most striking murals is also one of the easiest to miss. Mere minutes from the Riverside Veteran’s Memorial Park, this bright, colourful mural was led by street artists Doktoer and Jesse Gouchey as an homage to missing and murdered indigenous women. Across Canada, hundreds of unsolved cases of murdered or missing Indigenous women where the RCMP say there was no foul play. This mural is a reminder that all life has value, and we must not turn a blind eye to injustice.


Hope and A Future

Bright, in both imagery and message, this mural by Medicine Hat artist Sonz1 is an unavoidable message of positivity and optimism. Found on the Southwest wall of Medicine Hat’s Olive Tap in the downtown core, this welcoming message greets everyone and reminds us that there is indeed hope and a future for all.


Penny Profit

One of the best and most prominent examples of classic graffiti in Medicine Hat, this mural covers the long-standing Penny Profit discount store’s back wall almost entirely. The mural depicts a stylized graffiti artist spraying graffiti on the walls of Canada’s sunniest city. This mural was a collaborative Australia-based artist c4m71 and local artist Will Oskam.


No Rain No Flowers

Another message of hope is tucked into a small corner on the upper edges of downtown Medicine Hat painted in 2020 by Teanna Church. While small, it is worth the walk to see the pretty floral mural carrying the message “no rain, no flowers.” Beautiful in its simplicity and featuring a bouquet of nearly a dozen flowers, this small mural is one of the most inspiring in the city.



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Tunnel Vision

South Railway St. — In 1988, the Winter Olympics were held in Calgary, only 300 kilometres Northwest of Medicine Hat. A legacy project of the 1988 Olympics was the World’s Largest Tepee, which is now on display in Medicine Hat. This mural features an artistic silhouette of the tepee during a bright Medicine Hat summer sunset. This vibrant piece is a combined effort by Will Oskam, Sonz1 and California-based FASM Creative.


North Railway St. Side —The Underpass is a hub of street art connecting Medicine Hat’s downtown to North Railway Street’s eclectic neighbourhood and into the park-like River Flats neighbourhood. This mural features a combination of geometric shapes, intersecting straight lines and circles. Blues, greens, and greys are reminiscent of the city’s iconic Assiniboia Hotel sign, which can be seen in this mural’s background.


Tunnel Interior — Medicine Hat’s downtown tunnel has been transformed into a showcase for dozens of local graffiti artists, sponsored and vetted by the Medicine Hat-based Pop Up Parks organization. As with all art, it starts underground before emerging for the world to see.


Growing Hope in Our Community

The Medicine Hat Women’s Shelter and Station Coffee Company teamed up to promote a feeling of hope with this mural by Sarah Slaughter Art. “Growing Hope in Our Community” is a positive message designed as a reminder that no one should have to endure family violence, and there are those who can help.


Exposure

Edmonton, Alberta-based artist Josh Creighton explores the dimensions between composition and complementary colour configurations. His art is featured on the cover of the 2020 Experience Medicine Hat Guide.


Somnium (the Face)

This mural is another excellent example of classic graffiti. Bacon, a Toronto-based artist is known for his colourful works. His Medicine Hat piece, titled Somnium (the Face), brings life to Medicine Hat’s historic Assiniboia Hotel.