VANCOUVER — The Vancouver mural of a woman and child painted on the city’s downtown waterfront by a group called the Jungle mural is the subject of an investigation by the city.
The mural is one of a series of seven painted on Vancouver’s waterfront.
A city report says the mural was created to show support for a group of young Indigenous women in Vancouver.
The report says there were no plans for it to be an installation, but that the group did not want to put the work up “in an inappropriate way” because it was part of a broader mural campaign.
The Vancouver Art Gallery commissioned the mural, and said it was commissioned by the group’s owner, who said the group was not using the work in a “nonsubstantial way.”
“This work is about building a community, and in this case, building a relationship with the community,” said Vancouver Art Galleries Director of Communications Janice Lee.
“We’re going to work with the group to find ways to work together, but we’re going on a journey.”
The mural was one of several commissioned by Art Gallery of Canada over the past year and a half to show their support for Indigenous women.
The gallery has been at the forefront of the movement to fight racism and misogyny, and has had to change its name to acknowledge that.
In a statement to The Globe, Art Gallery said that they were “aware of the issue” and were “working with the team to address it.”
The group is currently working on another mural, this one in the downtown core, and is considering whether to paint it in a different location.
A spokesman for the group said the project was a “non-commercial” one, and that it was not the first time it had been painted.
“The Jungle mural has been on the walls of many spaces around the city, from the waterfront to the main downtown intersection, and we have a long history of collaborating with artists,” said Chris MacKay.
“Our artists have done the work before, but they had a different vision, and this is a different direction for us to take.”
MacKay said that it’s important to note that the mural is not a work of art in itself, but is an installation.
“In the context of the Jungle project, it was an installation that was not intended to be used for anything else,” he said.
“It’s a beautiful piece of work.
It was meant to be a representation of the relationship between young women and the women they love.”
Vancouver art gallery said the mural had been removed from the wall since the group painted it, but will be repainted and put back up again soon.