Taking Root


This whimsical interior mural by artist Mary Haasdyk is a part of the BMO National Mural Series and can be found at the BMO Legacy Branch in Calgary, Alberta. The artwork is tied together by themes of community, growth and empathy.

Project at a Glance

Location: 20 Longview Common, Calgary, AB T2X 4S8

Artist: Mary Haasdyk

Year: 2022

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

Project Photographer/Videographer: Eunice Hau

Services: Public Art Management






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About This Project

Taking Root is a vibrant mural that transforms the interior of the BMO Legacy Branch, Alberta with its striking imagery and warm colour palette. The mural is inspired by themes of diversity and empathy while incorporating elements of the local community in the form of human silhouettes and the skyline of Calgary.



















Another important theme is the idea of growth, which is symbolized through the use of floral and plant motifs that flow through the entire artwork and tie all the silhouettes together.

About the Artist

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About the Artist

Mary Haasdyk

Mary Haasdyk

Lead Artist

Mary Haasdyk is a Calgary-based illustrator, working in editorial, publishing and public art. She brings a fresh perspective with her emotive and playful illustrations and enjoys the challenge of finding unexpected visual solutions. Her work has been recognized by Spectrum Fantastic Arts, American Illustration, Society of Illustrators West and Applied Arts.


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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