In 2014, Photographer/Artist Eyoälha (E – YO – LA), created a mural in Vancouver that was 32 feet high and 112 feet wide that included almost 200 enlarged photo of people jumping for Joy. Sadly, less than a year later, the photographs were removed by the building owner who plans to put a new mural in its place. She immediately received requests to create another mural. A few days later, Eyoälha was approached by the Atira Women’s Resource Society to create the mural on a building that it operates on one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Vancouver, if not Canada.
Local residents contributed over $15,000 to fund the costs of the new mural (shown above), which now showcases people that live in the neighbourhood and are served by Atira. Many of those people suffer from mental illness, addiction, chronic unemployment, hunger and other daily struggles. The new wall is even bigger and will hopefully create even more joy in the community.