“To celebrate Canada 150, and the tradition of grounding creativity in the public realm, is a new masterpiece by Saint John artist Deanna Musgrave. Well known for her mural, Cloud (2015), commissioned for the University of New Brunswick in Saint John, Musgrave has created another masterful mural in one of the city’s most public and challenging environments. Her new mural, “Nest”, can be found in the pedway that connects City Hall with Market Square. It transforms the heavily travelled site into an enveloping and ethereal canvas.
“Nest” incorporates images of birds, rays of light, distinctive Saint John buildings, and atmospheric elements, all intertwined in a dynamic composition that recedes and advances as viewers walk through the mural space. Musgrave has surmounted the challenges of this unique space by creating an ever-changing and flowing artwork that is one of the most successful and site-specific murals in New Brunswick.”
William Forrestall, “New Brunswick Art: 150 years in the making”, Billie: Undercurrents in Atlantic Canadian Visual Culture V. 3, issue 1, Fall/Winter 2017