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Canadian embassy unveils mural at envoy's residence.

Amman, April 18 (Petra) -- The Embassy of Canada in Amman unveiled on Wednesday a mural at the Official Residence of the Canadian Ambassador.

The ceremony was held in the presence of Canadian Ambassador to Jordan, Mark Gwozdecky, artist Iona Fournier and her team, representatives from Greater Amman Municipality, and journalists.

The mural combines elements of both Canadian and Jordanian cultures, and adds an uplifting splash of color to the streetscape around the official residence. It was painted by a team led by Canadian artist Iona Fournier. As part of his address to the guests, Ambassador Mark Gwozdecky noted, "Canada and Jordan enjoy a strong relationship based on common interests, shared values and a fundamental belief in the talents of the Jordanian people and the wisdom of its leadership. This is not just a beautiful mural; it is also a reflection of the friendship between our two countries".

Iona Fournier said, "I really believe that the arts can change our perspective, our everyday life, and uplift people, and I am so happy to have had the opportunity to share my vision with others. It was also a good opportunity to share my love for my home country, Canada, and to express this through color- as well as my love of Jordan." Iona and her husband first came to Jordan to learn Arabic but quickly adopted Amman as their second home.

All of the leftover materials from the mural painting were donated to another project Iona is working on, Amman in Color, which does mural paintings with volunteers in underprivileged neighborhoods.

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Date:Apr 18, 2012
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