This mural livens up the wall of an old commercial structure in Ottawa South, and it is the work of a spirited group of street and graffiti artists who call themselves Ottawa Urban Arts. The OAU's "off the wall" and delightfully radical mission is to transform their community, one surface at a time, and to bring us all together in the process.
The group's motto is "inspiring communities from the ground up", and that is just what they are doing. They are also committed to giving local kids a voice and teaching them to express themselves in creative ways. The OUA's Art for Action: Community Mural and Youth Mentorship Program mentors youth at risk while providing artistic training in a wide variety of styles and mediums.
This is my favorite OAU mural so far, and it always makes me smile when I visit a used book shop a few doors away. The lady has presence, and she is at least forty feet tall.