The parade can be watched below. Well most of it . . . I had a little problem covering it this year: I was riding with one of the floats for most of the parade. I tried to get off near the end and capture the beginning as it wound it’s way around downtown. I just missed the pipers, the firetruck, the Piranhas float and not much else. Enjoy.
If you’ve been to the Welcome Centre at the Lake you can’t have missed the floor. The 3D floor that entices visitors to stand in just the right place with their camera to catch their friends and family appearing in a 3D landscape that apparently pops out of the 2D floor.
Well they have replaced that floor with a new 3D floor. This new floor covers a larger area and extends up onto the wall. The official reveal was early in the evening of Dec 10th, 2018.
The artwork is done in the style called Trompe l’oeil which means the triumph of the oil’s deception over the eye. Most widely used to ‘open up’ architectural spaces it can also be employed in 3D illusion as is done here.
The artist is Tyler Toews who does mural installations professionally through his website canadianmurals.com. The previous floor was also done by him.
Before all the people showed up for the official reveal Tyler took Director Grace McGregor on a guided tour of his creation. You can watch that below.
The official reveal took place shortly afterward. Quite a few people showed up to listen and watch the ribbon cutting.
While the Snow didn’t make an appearance the temperature was appropriately cold for the Santa Claus Parade on Dec 7. But the families lining the route showed that a little cold wasn’t going to keep them from enjoying the festivities.