If there is one thing we can always count on, it's the game of Monopoly. Whether it's the best of times or the worst of times, it's nostalgic and comforting every time. Also, it's a good way to pass a few hours. Well, Edmonton Monopoly fans can now get pumped because a group of artists are working on a life-sized recreation of the classic game.
The first photos of this super-realistic Monopoly board emerged on the Facebook group "Art Walk 2020 With Social Distancing" and it blew up immediately.
The street board has been created by five local mothers: Kristie Edwardsen, Kelly Petryk, Theresa Agnew, Marianne Murphy, and Diana Steele.
Narcity spoke to Kristie Edwardsen who told us how the idea came to be and what this group of artists hope to achieve with their Monopoly street art.
"I had originally seen a post on social media about Monopoly chalk art. I'd said, "Hey, this would be my next project." Because I like projects a little bit too much," said Edwardsen.
She brought up the idea with her friend Kelly Petryk, who suggested that it would be a great idea to design this board near their kids' school.
That's when three other moms joined the group, and they all decided to get started on the unique project.
Many of the artists' kids go to St. Paul's Elementary, which is located in the Crestwood neighbourhood in Edmonton.
Edwardsen said that this is their way of giving back to the community and bring some joy.
"Monopoly, as much as it's a frustrating game, is quite nice to look at," she said.
She said that the group's been chalking the streets for two nights now.
Following the first night of drawing, Edwardsen posted a few photos on the Facebook group. She woke up to 7000 likes.
That's when she knew that their work had tapped into something special.
"We've seen kids playing on that. Of course, they've been six feet apart if they're not part of the same household," she said.
She said families are going and playing on it. Some have even pretended to make up their own games with the board. "It's created a little bit of light in a very dark time," she added.
So far, they've finished three sections of the board and are going back on April 30 to finish the last piece.
Since the ladies couldn't actually go around the block to arrange the sections in a square, they're just painting the blocks in a linear, continuous path down the street.
Edwardsen said people can play on it if they'd like or they can just appreciate it for the beautiful work of art that it is. It's totally up to you.
One thing's for sure: art is definitely thriving during the pandemic.