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New kid on the street: Check out this kick-ass miner mural downtown caught up with artist Jarus

Jarus is known internationally for his larger-than-life murals - some towering 12 stories high.

His latest creation that adorns the wall at the corner of Lisgar and Larch streets may seem small in comparison, but the artist said it was an enjoyable scale to work with.

"It's an enjoyable scale for me," Jarus said in a recent conversation with "It's not too small but it's not too big that it's overwhelming."

It's Jarus' first visit to Sudbury, but he has roots up here. His mother grew up in Sudbury. His grandfather was a nickel miner, hence the photo-realistic painting of a female miner.

"That was the reason why I jumped on the opportunity to come here. I was really curious,” said the Saskatoon native.

“Everybody in this little corner of town is really cool. It's nice to engage with different types of people."

So why did Jarus decide to paint a female miner opposed to a male miner?

"Why not?" he said. "I don't think anyone was expecting me to paint a female miner. And I don't see why not."

Using rollers and spray paint, it took Jarus four days to complete the piece, which is just one of the art installments to hit Sudbury's downtown core as part of this year's Up Here festival.

The real fun begins Aug. 18-20 as the streets, corners and alleys will set the stage for various urban art and culture that come with the unique festival.

For more on Up Here, visit or download their app on Apple's App Store and on Google Play for Android lovers.

Heather Green-Oliver

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