Superheroes fly into downtown Nanaimo

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff

September 9, 2017 – 2:39pm

Lys Glassford on ladder painting a wonder women mural

Street artist Alyssa Glassford on Lois Lane, an apt location for a mural featuring Superman. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW 

NANAIMO — There’s new faces in Nanaimo’s downtown.

All last week, street artist Alyssa Glassford painted a large street mural of Superman and Wonder Woman on Lois Lane, downtown beside what used to be the Jean Burns building.

A long gestating project, Glassford told NanaimoNewsNOW she wanted to inspire people to enjoy downtown Nanaimo and there was no better symbol of hope than superheroes.

“It brings a lot of positivity to the neighbourhood. I feel like (downtown) has a bad reputation for no real reason. It’s a wonderful place and we just need to do stuff as a community to help it out.”

This is the latest project for Glassford, who also has work along Fitzwilliam St. and an alley running the length of Nicol St.

She said between this mural and the artworks ringing the site of the old Jean Burns building, downtown will be more colourful and inviting for residents and tourists.

“We need to make the area more friendly and I think street art really has the opportunity to do that.”

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