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Vancouver mosiac artist goes to pieces

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

Jason Dussault works on one of his mosaic pieces made of bits of coloured tile. 
(jasondussault.com)

Jason Dussault works on one of his mosaic pieces made of bits of coloured tile. (jasondussault.com)

Bring a friend, bring the kids — Vancouver artist Jason Dussault is trying to build what he believes could be the city’s largest mosaic using small pieces of broken, coloured tile carefully pieced together to spell the name of the city.

“Its final mural will be approximately 40-feet long and by its highest point, 13.5-feet high,” the artist told 24 hours.

Saturday morning, he’ll be out at David Lam Park with 23 different colours of tile — thousands of pieces in total — to make the mosaic happen.

But unlike normal mosaics, he won’t be keeping his tiles nice and square. Volunteers will be asked to smash up the tiles and break them into pieces — the challenge is fitting all the jagged parts together into an artistic whole.

About 500 people have already signed on to be volunteers, but anyone in the public is welcome to check it out when the project gets underway from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine.

And the mural’s not just a bunch of letters, either. Dussault has created a character in the form of an outdoorsy tree called “Barker the Evergreen” to make up a part of the scene.

The tree is his idea of everything Vancouver.

“It’s a cartoon character of a tree and he’s skipping down the road and he’s actually taking a selfie of himself,” Dussault said.

“He’s got a backpack and in the backpack he’s got a snowboard, a tennis racket, he’s got hiking shoes on, he’s got snowboarding goggles — golf clubs on his back.”

The artist is still working with Telus — which is providing volunteers and support — and the city of Vancouver to figure out a permanent spot for the mural. One proposed location is the intersection of Seymour and Pacific in downtown.

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