Arts & Culture
KIYĀM PARK MURAL
In 2022, a brand-new mural was erected in downtown Fort McMurray which tells many stories about the region.
About the Mural
In 2022, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) opened the new Kiyām Park off of Franklin Avenue in the Lower Townsite of Fort McMurray. This park is designed to be an inclusive community gathering place which contributes to community beautification and downtown health & safety improvements.
Adjacent to the park on the southeast facing wall of the Arctic Winter Games office is a brand-new mural which tells the story of Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo, featuring photos captured during Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo Economic Development & Tourism's Pop-Up Photography Tour. This beautiful mural includes photos and design inspired by the ten communities which span our vast region, from Fort Fitzgerald in the north to Conklin in the south.
Behind the Mural
With a dynamic resume that comes on the heels of successfully completing the Graphic Design and Interactive Media program at Toronto Film School, Sedef Uzer has earned herself a robust career that spans the continents. Born in Istanbul, Turkey, Sedef and her family immigrated to Canada in 2001, relocating to Fort McMurray in 2012 where she currently resides. Sedef’s passion for all things creative can be seen in her artwork across multiple disciplines.
You may have seen her work around town previously on the external wall of Rivers Casino & Entertainment Centre, inside of Avenue Eatery & Cafe, and in the Youth Room at MacDonald Island Park.
As the visionary behind the mural in Kiyām Park, Sedef created a contemporary piece that she hopes will evoke feelings of happiness, love, and a bond to the region. She was inspired by the photo’s that were taken during the Regional Pop-Up Tour, which she wove throughout the collage using her unique abstract style. Through visual storytelling, the mural showcases the people from Conklin to Fort Fitzgerald - every corner of the region - in hopes of highlighting the connection of the community.
“It is my greatest pride to take part in such a visual project to do something for our society and beautify our city. I wish everyone who looks at this mural to find a piece of themselves.” Sedef Uzer.
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