You might have seen a big, bold van in town recently. That’s because Tim Van Horn, the man behind the Canadian Mosaic, was in the Peace Region last weekend.
He stopped in Hudson’s Hope, Fort St. John, Chetwynd, Taylor and Dawson Creek.
Canadian Mosaic is a project that has been in the works since 2008 to photograph 54,000 people – or 0.150% of the population, as he says.
He hopes to have it done by 2017, as that year marks Canada’s 150th birthday – so far Tim has photographed over 42,000 people.
“This is an epic portrait… 54,000 people from all corners of the country. It’s never been done before.” said Van Horn.
“We’re not really sure who we are because we’re so spread out … I’m kind of putting my life on hold to do this, but it’s really important that I spread this message, and hopefully change some points of view on who we are and what we look like, and our involvement in community.”
While he was in the area, he took part in threshing in Taylor, and the grand opening of the Gentle Pet Clinic.
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He said he has been across Canada five times, and to every province and territory, for this project.
The photographs are taken for free, but people can ‘sponsor a kilometre’ for $20. He says it happens frequently, and helps him fund this journey.
“I’m keeping it corporate free because this is what I think we need in our country,” Van Horn said. “We have logos stuck on everything … so far, it’s been paying for my gas and food, I sort of make due.”
He just landed down in Grande Prairie, and said he plans to travel east through the prairies, before heading back to BC, where he will write the accompanying book “To Canada, with Love,” over the winter.
Over 150 portraits will be featured in the book.