G8 World Leaders Paint The Group of Seven
In June of 2010, Canada played host to the G8 Summit, which was hosted here in Muskoka at Deerhurst Resort, Huntsville. It was a time of great excitement as world leaders met for the first time in four years to discuss international issues of concern.
The Huntsville BIA, the Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Huntsville and the federal Summit Management Office decided it would be wonderful for the G8 Leaders to participate in one of our Community Murals to each add some brush strokes to a Group of Seven mural replica. During March Break 2010, therefore, a Community Mural was created at Deerhurst with the help of their guests and staff. Over 450 participants helped Art Director Gerry Lantaigne create a reproduction of Tom Thomson's painting. "The West Wing." The painting was left unfinished across the lower skyline in hopes that the G8 leaders would finish the last brush strokes, and as luck would have it, they did leave their marks on art in Muskoka.
Each world G8 leader (see photos below) mixed and added their own colours to the mural, and completed the remaining parts of the skyline that had been left unpainted. It was a momentous occasion for the Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery. The painting is now housed on permanent display in the lobby of the Canada Summit Centre, which is just across the driveway from Huntsville High School.
We invite you to view one of the most famous murals on the planet.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper – Canada
President Jose Manuel Barroso – European Commission
President Herman Van Rompuy – European Council