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Mural Series Project: The Four Guardians of Chinatown

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Chinese (Traditional) translations provided below:

Please watch this video to get an overview of the project:



Artist Bio & Statement:

안녕하십니까
tânisi ᑖᓂᓯ
大家好

My name is Branden, and I go by the artist alias "Busyrawk".

I am a South Korean mural artist, who paints photorealistic aerosol street art.

My goal is to leverage muralism’s high visibility to amplify the voices of marginalized communities.

I want to help revitalize Chinatown because my parents endured so much pain to provide me with the privileges I have today. I see parallels between their struggles and those of Chinatown’s immigrant forbears, who experienced exclusion and loneliness due to federal legislation and racism.

I also aim to set an example of what it means to be an Asian-Canadian in the context of settling on Indigenous lands.

This GoFundMe's goal is set at 30% of the required budget for the Dragon's mural.


Project Description:
The Four Guardians Project in Chinatown brings forth four murals, each portraying our ancestral mythical protectors in the form of photo-realistic aerosol street art. This initiative stands as a pivotal step in our ongoing endeavor to rejuvenate Chinatown.

Revitalization, a multifaceted endeavor, risks veering into gentrification without a nuanced understanding.

This project envisions Chinatown as a bastion of inclusivity, founded upon compassion and empathy, while maintaining clear boundaries that uphold the responsibilities of its denizens, neighbors, and visitors. It is imperative to honor the legacies of our immigrant ancestors' struggles with exclusion and the promises made in treaties as Chinatown evolves.

City development is essential for Chinatown's prosperity and progression. However, this progress must not entail cultural erasure or the marginalization of the vulnerable. I envision our city achieving its highest potential, guided by principles of compassion and empathy, yet acknowledging our current collective deficit in these virtues. This project aims to confront this reality by fostering dialogue and understanding among diverse communities.

The Four Guardians will convey this message through traditional Chinese seven-character poems, accompanied by QR code video links elucidating their significance. These poems will be crafted with elegance by our local calligraphy artist, Stephen Tsang, and I will oversee their enlargement onto the walls.

Each guardian will be positioned to overlook Chinatown from one of the four cardinal directions, symbolizing their unwavering vigilance over its tranquility.


감사합니다
kinanâskomitinâwâw ᑭᓇᓈᐢᑯᒥᑎᓈᐚᐤ
我好感謝你

藝術家簡介與聲明:
大家好,

我是一名韓國壁畫藝術家,擅長繪製逼真的噴漆街頭藝術。

我的目標是利用壁畫的高度可見性,放大被邊緣化社區的聲音。

我希望幫助振興唐人街,因為我的父母經歷了很多痛苦,才給了我今天擁有的特權。我看到他們的奮鬥與唐人街移民祖先的奮鬥之間存在著相似之處,他們因聯邦立法和種族主義而經歷了排斥和孤獨。

我也希望在殖民地上定居的背景下,成為亞裔加拿大人的典範。


項目描述:
唐人街的四神守護者計劃呈現了四幅壁畫,每幅都以逼真的噴漆街頭藝術形式描繪我們祖先的神話守護者。這個計劃是我們持續振興唐人街的重要一步。

振興是一個多層次的努力,沒有細緻的理解,很容易變成了疏離。

這個計劃將唐人街設想成一個包容性的堡壘,建立在同情和共感的基礎上,同時保持清晰的界限,維護其居民、鄰居和遊客的責任。在唐人街不斷發展的過程中,我們必須尊重移民祖先在排斥和條約中所經歷的遺產。

城市發展對唐人街的繁榮和進步至關重要。然而,這一進步不應涉及文化抹殺或對弱勢群體的邊緣化。我期待我們的城市實現其最高潛力,以同情和共感為指導原則,同時承認我們目前在這些美德方面的集體不足。這個計劃旨在通過促進多元社區之間的對話和理解來面對這一現實。

四神守護者將通過傳統的中文七字詩表達這一信息,並附帶QR碼視頻鏈接,解釋其重要性。這些詩將由我們的本地書法家Stephen Tsang精心製作,我將監督將它們放大到牆上。

每個守護者將被安置在四個基本方向的一個位置,象徵著他們對唐人街平和的堅定守護。

我好感謝你
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