Mural Monday – historical brick reliefs

James Marshall - brick relief sculpture artist.

James Marshall – brick relief sculpture artist. (Photo © 2013 by V. Nesdoly)

On our walk around the Saskatchewan town of North Battleford this summer, besides the Allan Sapp murals I posted a few weeks ago, I photographed some stunning brick relief sculptures by James Marshall.

A short article about the commissioning of these works explains that Marshall specializes in the art of brick relief sculpture and that these pieces are all hand-chiseled.

The subject of the sculptures I photographed (found on the outside walls of the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority liquor store, King Street and Station) are (as close as I can match them):

Pre-contact history of the North Plains Cree.

Pre-contact history of the North Plains Cree - James Marshall

Pre-contact history of the North Plains Cree – James Marshall (Photo © 2013 by V. Nesdoly)

Pioneer Settlement

Pioneer Settlement - James Marshall

Pioneer Settlement – James Marshall (Photo © 2013 by V. Nesdoly)

Lieutenant Governor David Laird and Government House.

Lieutenant Governor David Laird and Government House - James Marshall

Lieutenant Governor David Laird and Government House – James Marshall (Photo © 2013 by V. Nesdoly)

Leaders involved in the 1885 resistance.

Leaders involved in the 1885 Resistance - James Marshall

Leaders involved in the 1885 Resistance – James Marshall (Photo © 2013 by V. Nesdoly)

A paddle wheeler on the North Saskatchewan River.

Paddle-wheeler on the North Saskatchewan River - James Marshall

Paddle-wheeler on the North Saskatchewan River – James Marshall (Photo © 2013 by V. Nesdoly)

I’m blown away by the detail and precision of Marshall’s craft. What a great (and lasting) way to commemorate history! More of his beautiful work is on display in Medicine Hat and Calgary, Alberta.

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