Photograph by Bob Brink
Great Fire of 1892
by Julie Lewis
McBride's Hill, St. John's
240 Water St., St. John's, NL A1C 1B7
In 2017, to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Great Fire of 1892, the City of St. John’s issued a Request for Proposals for a mural on the retaining wall (replacing the previous aging mural) at McBride's Hill, a short street connecting Duckworth Street and Water Street. The design submitted by St. John’s-based artist Julie Lewis of SassyTuna Studio was chosen for the project. Watch the video of Lewis’s design method for the 21-metre-long mural.
The Great Fire of 1892 destroyed two-thirds of the city within just a few hours after it started at the top of Carter’s Hill, on the north side of the St. John’s harbour. You can follow the link to read more about it.
This trained animator and designer spends most of her time drawing, teaching and studying. Having studied at top art and design colleges such as Grenfell, Sheridan and Algonquin, and MUN and Dalhousie as well, Julie brings enthusiasm and energy to all of her endeavours. She teaches traditional art and digital art, leads art parties and draws caricatures through her own SassyTuna Studio. Her website is www.SassyTuna.com and is the best place to find her.