Saturday, August 31, 2013

Ghost sign - Wilson Bros

This one is visible from Herald St. in Victoria. According to this link:
Wilson Bro's. Wholesale Grocers. grew out of another business. In 1862 William Wilson came to the west coast of Canada and started W & J Wilson clothing company. A family business that operates to this day on Government Street and is reputed to be the oldest family owned specialty clothing store in Canada. In 1900 the Clothing company was at 83 Government Street and the Wholesale grocers operated from 76 Wharf street according to the 1901 Victoria census. There is no record of the grocer still operating today.
 Another interesting fact that I learned about 'ghost signs' is that a true ghost sign has to be at least 50 years old to be considered authentic. Who knew there were rules?

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Revelations of the Third Eye

The artist of this particular piece of 'urban art' a.k.a. graffiti has a particularly recognizable style. I saw a very similar one on the wall of the Wildfire Cafe a few weeks earlier. This one was somewhat out of sight, overlooking a small hidden parking lot off a main downtown street.

Aside from the eye-catching colours and shapes, the message is clear -- more or less -- which can't be said about a lot of the pointless stuff I see spray painted on city surfaces.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Eye catching

 This piece of wall art that overlooks a Store St. parking lot immediately catches your eye with its imposing figure. A closer inspection reveals many smaller messages and details within the larger design.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


address 555
welded wheels...gears...cogs
 heavy, metal sign

This welded metal art marks the address of 555 Chatham Street in Victoria.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Mayne Island

Mt Baker viewed from Mayne Island...
Mt Baker, seen from Mayne Island...
The Gulf Islands are a collection of smaller islands off the southern east coast of the larger Vancouver Island. They are known for their rural charm and tend to attract artistic back-to-nature types. Some of them are bedroom communities for Victoria except that the commute to work involves taking a ferry.

My favourite of these islands is Mayne Island. This view of Mt Baker in Washington State is taken from the Bennett Bay beach on the east side of the island. The point of land on the right is Georgeson Island. The point of land on the left is part of the Gulf Island National Park Reserve.

Friday, August 9, 2013


Just sayin'...

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Sculpted in sand

A pained-looking sand sculpture at Parksville beach on Vancouver Island...

The Parksville Sand Sculpting Competition & Exhibition typically runs from mid-July to mid-August. In the past, it was a long weekend event that was spread out over the whole of the Parksville main beach. Unfortunately, a riot in 1997 by a crowd of young people idiots put an end to it and it was cancelled for several years. It was eventually revived in a more controlled format and is hugely popular with tourists and locals alike.

Sand sculpture pays tribute to author Hans Christian Anderson...

Friday, August 2, 2013

Attack of the Martian PotatoHeads

Humpty Dumpty sculpted in sand at Parksville, BC...

A little Photoshop fun...

The flying saucers are courtesy of

PotatoHead is actually Humpty Dumpty, one of the sand sculptures currently at Parksville's Sand Sculpture competition.

Detailed sand sculptures on display at Parksville, BC...