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courtesy of Amy Shackleton


The Great Canadain LEEDscape is a mural by artist Amy Shackleton, featured in a travelling exhibition across Canada (2017-18). Five years in the making and spanning over 50 feet, The Great Canadian LEEDscape explores the ongoing transformation of Canada’s natural and built environments. It consists of thirteen panels, one for each province and territory in Canada. The regions are positioned from west to east, according to the longitude of each capital city. Leading examples of sustainable architecture (LEED certified buildings) are combined with neighboring trees, mountains and waterways. In recognition of Canada’s sesquicentennial, this painting examines Canada’s changing urban landscape and suggests what the future could hold. [1]

“This is the most ambitious painting of my career in both scope and scale. It has demanded extensive research, Canada-wide travel and a larger studio space. I spent time in every province and territory to photograph landscapes and hunt down buildings that were developed with nature in mind. I walked on sea ice in Nunavut. I braved -35°C in Manitoba. I hiked mountains in Alberta, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Yukon. The multi-year process has been a labour of love and I couldn’t be more excited to share it in my first ever traveling exhibition!”

The exhibit stopped in all provinces and territories, at the following locations: 

YT – Whitehorse Hospital Staff Residence, Whitehorse
BC – Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability , UBC, Vancouver
NT – Greenstone Government of Canada Building , Yellowknife
AB – EEEL Building, UCalgary and Currie Barracks Community , Calgary
SK – River Centre, Saskatoon
MB – Manitoba Hydro Place, Winnipeg
ON – Centre for Green Cities , Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto
QC – La Maison du Developpement Durable, Montreal
NU – Iqaluit International Airport , Iqaluit
NB – Northrop Frye School, Moncton
NS – Nova Scotia Power Build ing, Halifax
PE – Jean Canfield Government of Canada Building, Charlottetown
NL – 351 Water Street, St. John’s [2]


[1]      “The Great Canadian LEED-Scape by Amy Shackleton.” Artwork Archive. Accessed July 7, 2021. https://www.artworkarchive.com/profile/amy-shackleton/news/the-great-canadian-leedscape.

[2]       “National Travelling Exhibition.” Amy Shackleton, January 15, 2018. https://amyshackleton.com/blogs/news/the-great-canadian-leedscape.

Additional information:

“The Great Canadian LEED-Scape.” THEMUSEUM, April 11, 2019. https://themuseum.ca/exhibitions/past-exhibitions/great-canadian-leed-scape/.

“The Great Canadian LEED-Scape.” Visual Arts Centre of Clarington. Accessed July 7, 2021. https://www.vac.ca/2016-2018exhibitions/the-great-canadian-leed-scape.

“The Great Canadian LEEDscape – Amy Shackleton.” Maison du développement durable. Accessed July 7, 2021. https://lamdd.org/en/news/2017/the-great-canadian-leedscape-amy-shackleton.

Shackleton, Amy. “The Great Canadian LEEDscape.” YouTube. Amy Shackleton Art, May 5, 2017. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ikc6HzdMx-U.

Project Title: The Great Canadian LEEDscape
Artists:  Amy Shackleton
Year: 2017-2018

Place: Various locations

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