A Calgary based blogger recently gave Lacombe another positive boost on the World Wide Web.
Former public art curator Richard White, also known as the Everyday Tourist, has been blogging about his travels since 2013, when he decided to spend his retirement pursuing his hobby of exploring places near and far through the curious eyes of a tourist.
White says his first impression of Lacombe when he entered the downtown off of the QEII, was how well maintained our old buildings are, whether they be private or public.
“All of the houses were well looked after. There were no old relic cars or dilapidated houses. Once you get to main street, I guess I never really realized how many historical buildings were preserved.”
White was also impressed with the multiple murals around Lacombe, especially in the downtown, admiring how our murals are uniquely shaped and located, and also are used to tell the story of our history in an almost interactive way.
“What I liked about them was the murals also integrated the buildings and created sort of a 3D image in many cases around a corner. I like the way the old cars interacted with the new cars that were parked in the back. I like the fact that they were very much a painterly realism, a lot of the murals tend to be graffiti-like, or they tend to be very historical…these ones almost seemed like I felt like I was on a movie set, back in the early 20th century, so I thought they were quite unique.”
He was so impressed by them, that he titled this blog Lacombe: The Mural Capital of Alberta, and says he plans to book another trip to Lacombe sometime in the near future.