Written By Guest Writer Libations / Wine News Aug 30, 2011 Okanagan Winery Vandalized… On Purpose! SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestL-R: Mike Dinsmore, Dan Climan, Scott Sueme, Brad Tone, Alex Usow, Jordan Kubek, Christine Coletta, Robert Squire, Mark Brand and Echo [Summerland, BC] August 29, 2011 Okanagan Crush Pad winery owner Christine Coletta has always been fascinated with street art. Recent trips to Santiago and Valparaiso in Chile planted an idea to include the art form on the smooth concrete exterior walls of her under-construction winery—the perfect canvas. In April she cold-called Robert Squire, curator of Catalog Creative in Gastown, with the opening line, “You might think this is an odd request but…”Squire spent the first part of the conversation trying to talk Coletta out of her idea. “This isn’t at all the image of Okanagan wine country,” noted Squire.“Exactly,” replied Coletta, and the two set about planning.Squire and his team at Catalog Creative are part of Mark Brand Inc., a company that has set about transforming Gastown one business at a time. Brand is a partner in several businesses including Boneta, The Diamond, Sea Monstr Sushi and the recently opened Save-On-Meats. Coletta appointed business partner and architect Brad Tone to work with Squire and Brand to coordinate the graffiti-inspired mural installation, and on August 7 artists Robert Squire, Scott Sueme, Dan Climan, Alex Usow, and producer Mark Brand descended on Summerland for five days. For some it was their first trip to the Okanagan, and time spent adorning the winery walls was balanced by time playing in Okanagan Lake.“There couldn’t be a better person than Brand to oversee the project,” said Tone. “He lives and breathes Vancouver urban life at its roots.”Dozens of cans of spray paint later, three artful and inspiring panels have been painted at Okanagan Crush Pad. “I would describe the mural as the place where contemporary art meets street art,” says Squire.The markings have been done in a colour blocked style that comes from 1930s industrial design concepts. The bold exterior mural is done in what is a Dazzle art style, layered with letterforms that pull from the influence of graffiti and colour palates that draw from the surrounding landscapes. The style of Dazzle is geometric, with modern intersecting shapes and bold, contrasting colours. In this instance, the Catalog Creative team used large scaled graphic blocks, partially created with the negative space of the concrete surfaces, to anchor layers of colour and form inspired by the surrounding landscape. The expression is a unique experience.“I am very happy with the work,” says Coletta. “We really wanted to have the artists interpret and express their first impression of the Okanagan Valley. How they chose to articulate that was left to the members of the team.”As the construction of Okanagan Crush Pad continues, the team will be back to do some additional work on the interior, including a sculpture installation by Aaron Moran that artfully integrates the use of local materials, with the end result sure to be unlike any winery anywhere.www.okanagancrushpad.com Okanagan Crush Pad SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like Events / Food News / Places April 28, 2021 CITY EATS May|June 2021 At press time, restaurants, pubs, bars and food courts remain closed for indoor dining. One silver lining is that the weather is warming up and more ... Read More Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Events / Food News / Places June 27, 2019 City EATS July|August 2019 Summertime means eating al fresco, whether on one of our city’s many lovely outdoor patios or packing a picnic and heading to a park or ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 City EATS May 2019 Summer is on the way! This seems like a good time to remind you about Victoria’s incredible small batch ice cream and frozen treat makers, just in ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Tofino May 2019 16th Tofino Food & Wine Festival — 20 top chefs, 75 wineries and 21 breweries to indulge on June 7th – 9th. Friday kicks off The Cocktail ... Read More Comments are closed.