A Helping Hand


These two dynamic murals by local artist Dominic Laporte are representations of the strong communal ties that exist within Ottawa’s Barrhaven community, which promote diversity, inclusion, and creativity. These artworks are a part of the BMO National Mural Series and can be found at the BMO Barrhaven West Branch.

Project at a Glance

Location: 4265 Strandherd Drive, Ottawa, ON, K2J 6E5

Artist: Dominic Laporte

Year: 2022

Project Partner: Commissioned by BMO Financial Group as a part of the BMO National Mural Series

Project Photographer/Videographer: Craig Conoley

Services: Public Art Management




Works of Art


Sq. ft in total

About This Project

A Helping Hand is a series of two interior murals by Ottawa-based artist and illustrator, Dominic Laporte, which blends imagery of the Ottawa landscape with themes of sustainability, community, inclusion and creativity.













The first mural located in the ATM vestibule depicts imagery of a family flying a kite together juxtaposed with iconic monuments in Ottawa.













The second mural was inspired by a community garden as a nod to the pursuit of sustainability and environmentally conscious actions, as well as a variety of local businesses in Barrhaven.

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About the Artist

Dominic Laporte

Dominic Laporte

Lead Artist

Dominic Laporte is a muralist, painter and commercial illustrator based out of Ottawa, Ontario. Currently, his art practice is focused on large-scale mural projects on a regional and national platform. His exploration of mediums through themes of nature and wildlife allows him to merge his different artistic practices and reach a growing international audience.


STEPS Public Art Management Service is recognized for being iconic, cost-effective and transformational. From murals to sculptures and projection mapping, STEPS produces one-of-a-kind public art installations with partners that meet your needs.

The BMO National Mural Series falls under the public art management service. Visit the project page to see artworks by many talented and diverse artists at different branches across Canada!

Project Partner

These works of art were made possible by BMO in collaboration with STEPS Public Art. BMO’s National Mural Series was designed to create opportunities to celebrate local communities and the people who live and visit them. By working with hyper local artists to design murals with meaning and impact specific to each location, BMO hopes to bring art to locations where artists and community members might not otherwise have an opportunity.

At BMO, we are proud to be partners in these communities, celebrate our customers, and support local artists. These beautiful pieces of art not only express BMO’s values and celebrate diversity they also provide opportunities to surprise and delight those visiting our branches. We look forward to expanding this program and curating many more murals in branches across Canada.

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