A new face is looking out over downtown Prince George.
It was unveiled Friday during a ceremony hosted by the 2015 Canada Winter Games committee and is part of an exterior beautification project at Canada Games House. The image -- of a man wearing reflective ski goggles on a sunlit hill -- is part of a 24-foot mural that was spray-painted by Milan Basic, a 41-year-old local artist. Basic's piece of work met with the approval of everyone on hand, including Mayor Shari Green.
"It just adds to the excitement, the urban vitality that you're going to see when we have the athletes here," Green told the crowd that had gathered to watch the unveiling at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Quebec Street. "This beautiful building behind us stands out."
Stuart Ballantyne, CEO of the 2015 Canada Winter Games, used the word "phenomenal" to describe the mural.
"I think it's iconic," he said. "That's what we wanted to achieve with launching our offices here in downtown. We knew that that was a great space to put a mural and we thank the BID Group for giving us the opportunity to have the canvas and a new office but we also thank Milan Basic for just an amazing piece of art that will last forever."
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