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 AMBER ROBSON AND Danika Scott help with the installation of youth art at the corner of Alberni Hwy. and Jensen Ave. in Parksville.      Fred Davies Photo -
AMBER ROBSON AND Danika Scott help with the installation of youth art at the corner of Alberni Hwy. and Jensen Ave. in Parksville. Fred Davies Photo
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Regular drivers in Parksville might have already noticed the colourful additions to the corner of Jensen Ave. and the Alberni Highway.

On Thursday, the official unveiling of a youth mural project was held.

The result of a partnership between the Parksville Downtown Business Association and One Five One Outreach Association, the art is seen as way to encourage meaningful activity among youth and to beautify the city’s downtown area, while providing a screen for an upcoming construction project.

“I think it looks great, we’re really excited,” said One Five Ones’s Garwin Wuerch.

He’s one of a handful of local residents behind the formation of Artspeak, a free weekly drop in held on Harrison Ave. where youths between the ages of 13 and 25 are encouraged to express themselves through art.

On Thursday the young artists, members of the PDBA, One Five One, friends, family and media converged on the street corner to get a first look at the installation.

“Eventually, over the next few months, there will be fifty of these as more art materializes,” said Wuerch.

reporter@pqbnews.com

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