Last week, the restored “Early Chuckwagon Race” mural was installed near the Victoria Park LRT station entrance to Stampede Park. This was the final of eight fully restored murals made possible with the participation of the Government of Canada.
Rocky Barstead painted the original mural in 1998 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the original chuckwagon race in 1923. Like some of the other restored murals, the original was painted on wood that had begun to disintegrate.
Barstead painted the new mural on 36 separate metal panels. He used five colours: the three primary colours-red, blue and yellow-and white and brown.
Calgary’s wild temperature fluctuations have to be taken into account as the new murals are installed. Metal, of course, contracts in cold and expands in heat, so the panels can’t be fitted too tightly together. Therefore, there are small spaces between the panels which you can’t see from a distance.
Make sure to check out all the restored murals around Stampede Park!
- Tipi Village – Stampede Grounds Entrance
- Early Chuckwagon Race
- Cyclone into the Sunset
- The Ceremonial Ride – RCMP
- The Hay and Seed
- The Bull Sale
- The Dream – Guy Weadick
- Early Stampede Parade