Risk’s Record-Breaking Mural

Risk’s Record-Breaking Mural


Newsreader: “Take a look at the old St. Joseph’s Hospital, ready for its makeover at 80,000 square feet work is now underway
by Kelly Graval also “Risk,” and a small crew of four from Los Angeles, California
have only just 10 days to complete the mural reporting live here…back to you” Risk: That’s a big building…helicopter pad…probably seven or eight stories? In the past I’ve done so much buildings I’ve never like, measured them, or thought about them, but this is clearly the biggest I’ve ever
seen. When I saw the building I was like dude…it’s a month to mask off the
building at least, and they were like “nah paint the windows,” I was like what!? Kwest: As soon as I said you know you can paint this whole Hospital okay you know that was it like
he was just like Christian: and that’s when we got the email going I think it was a four-word email that just said “Risk wants the Hospital”… Risk: so it’s gonna be fun and crazy
because I’m not bringing like dudes that paint with me for twenty years, i’m
bringing these dudes out they just can get s**t done right? ‘Cos it’s gonna be about
getting mass amounts of paint on a building quick and then I’m gonna spend
last couple days tying it in and making it look cool. It’s gonna be a challenge
but you know, that’s 80,000 square feet You know Monster Energy and I have been talking a long time about doing something big and so this is big! Brian: It’s a cool building
you know everybody spent time here everybody was born here. Risk: Like on the
plane on the way here people were like “I was born in the hospital” and everyone keeps
hitting me saying they were born here so I guess this was a very established main
hospital here. Maggie: This is a building that has a lot of emotional attachment for
people and we’re putting something beautiful on it at least while it’s here
it’s something beautiful and when people look at it they’re also gonna remember
the beautiful memories that they had in this building Risk: Saint Joseph’s Hospital, built
in 1949 and I’m here to transform it give it its last breath of life Brian: There’s a busy street that goes right in front of the building and I lost count of how many people drove by and honked and gave a thumbs up
or yelled “great job!”…sure some people aren’t gonna like it, you know but our
intention was to turn something that was really an eyesore into the community,
into something beautiful and bring some color to Sudbury Christian: There’s nothing that
beats turning that corner on Paris Street driving by and just seeing this
wash of color like you turn that corner and it’s just “holy s**t” Brian: Sloan’s out of LA nothing gets him down. He’s always positive (laughs) he does this for a living. He’s a commercial painter. and then you have Evan doesn’t say much no matter what you tell him he’ll get it
done. If you tell him to jump on the 135-foot boom lift and take it to the
top of the building on his own and unload a generator on low paint he’s on
the lift and he’s on his way up to the top of the building no questions asked
he just does it and then Caesar this is first time Caesar’s ever done something
like this. Caesar: I took this course, says I’m certified to drive these things, so it’s all
good I got this Brian: and Caesar’s sort of our I guess swing man you know if we need
somebody to jump on a small lift and go paint something or drive a lift somewhere…and Caesar’s also our comic relief …they don’t have tacos Brian: I work with
a lot of artists. Risk is my favorite artist for a number of different reasons. In my eyes the graffiti movement is possibly the most important art movement in the history of art and he’s a pioneer in that Kwest: I’d say he’s like the West Coast
“Don” of graffiti. if not the most important foundational West Coast graffiti writer, he’s in the top three. Christian: He pioneered a lot of the the street art on
the west coast with like the high-rises and billboards, big overpasses and
stuff. Kind of moved away from that towards more of the gallery world and
was able to do that leap which is awesome and now he’s doing these giant
more contemporary art pieces around the world Brian: He’s taking his art way beyond
graffiti. He is now an extremely accomplished contemporary
artist with the sculptures that he does the neons that he does. What he does here with these murals, it’s not graffiti, it’s it’s color wash, it’s part of color
theory although he uses a graffiti color palette and some of the fundamental
things about graffiti are reflected in his murals. Kwest: You know he’s still who he is, he still produces his work as he would have 20 years ago. This day in age
there’s a lot of people who lose that you know they sort of forget about where
they’re from and then start you know bending the knee or whatever but Kelly’s
just blazed, you know? Christian: It’s a really big deal to have Risk at our festival for our fifth edition. Caesar: Well we’re gonna leave behind a lot of color! Kwest: I just want to walk away knowing that yeah we did the largest mural in Canada. We painted it as
we wanted to, that’s a win you know? If we walk away and we’re just happy with what
we’ve done. Sloan: Probably the baddest a**ed piece of art in Canada period, but they get a lot of snow here too so, can you imagine like, to see this thing in the middle of winter? Maggie: I hope it brings pride to the community. I hope it also brings peace to some people who struggle with the fact that nothing’s been done with this building
for ten years. Risk: I wanted to make an impact, a statement and invoke a lot of emotion
of color. I think we definitely invoked emotion, I hope it’s the right emotion, I
hope people like it. Thank you for everybody’s come by and given us water
and talk to us, shared stories with us and had drinks with us in the bar, brought us food and all that. Awesome, thank you guys. and I hope you like it When you’re driving by here,
when you’re on the lake. When you’re seeing photos online if you’re not from
Sudbury, or if you’re watching videos about it, I want everyone to leave with
the sense of wonder, with the sense of magic. With the sense of “how the hell did
they do that!?”

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