The Missing Piece

When I walk to a favourite bakery, I chose a path that will take me by “The Missing Piece” mural by the artist iHeart. There is a positive energy that comes from the message of a young girl finding a missing piece and reaching up on her tiptoes to find its rightful place in the heart.

I think of the words of Madeleine L’Engle, from her book Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art: “The discipline of creation, be it to paint, compose, write, is an effort towards wholeness.” This year, we will find our missing pieces in our everyday interactions and our creative endeavours. Our journey to wholeness begins afresh each day.

The Vancouver Mural Festival App states that “This mural was part of Vancouver Festival’s first ever festival in 2016. The stencil piece of a girl putting a puzzle part into a heart is by artist iHeart, a Vancouver -based street artist who creates social commentary through his work. Many of his pieces frequently examines the growing role of social media in our world and are produced as graffiti. The artist works in secret, using his monicker to protect his identity.”

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  1. What a wonderful artwork!

    ✨🌻🌿🙏🕉🤍♾🕊☯🙏🌿🌻✨

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I am so glad you enjoyed The Missing Piece! Those back alleys have great stories.

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  2. Annika Perry says:

    I love it! 😀 Very touching art work and reminds me of U.K. based Bansky and his street art, also working in secret! As for the girl, I fear she needs a helping hand to slot the last piece into place! 😀

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I know that you, my dear friend, have helped many people slot the last piece into place through your gift of storytelling. I understand that Bansky knows and appreciates iHeart’s work. Art and stories bring us together. And that gives me great comfort.

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    2. Banksy came to my mind as well.

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  3. Ah the treat a Sunday night and Monday morning is.Dave Astor’s latest blog and then yours. Such a beautiful and moving piece of work here.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Isn’t it fun to travel the world from our kitchen table. I am missing Scotland so am now reading Alexander McCall Smith’s 44 Scotland Street series and watch Rebus on Acorn TV. I am delighted you joined me on the back alleys of Vancouver. There is always an adventure when we take the less travelled pathways. Hugs and more hugs.

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  4. Klausbernd says:

    Dear Rebecca,
    we REALLY really love this piece of art. It reminds us of Banksy. These graffiti are the post-modern kind of art with a political background we like.
    Lots of love and wishing you a wonderful week
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Dear Klausbernd, Your discussions on art as a social comment has giving me insight into how art challenges our cultural values. These murals have an embedded call to action. I have read in several articles that iHeart does not like fame and prefers to remain, like Banksy, unknown. Back in 2014 his mural “Nobody Likes Me” generated notoriety when Banksy mentioned him. “This artwork has gained worldwide attention online, including from Banksy, one of the street art world’s biggest names. iHeart received an endorsement from Banksy through his Facebook page. It went viral almost instantly – within only a day, the photo on Banksy’s Facebook page has clocked 117,000 likes and 13,500 shares! https://www.widewalls.ch/artists/iheart. Sending much love and hugs to my dear friends, The Fab Four of Cley!

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  5. This is so beautifully hopeful! xoxoxo

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Thank you for coming over to my side of the world, Marina! Hugs and more hugs!

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      1. It’s always a pleasure and a peaceful harbor! Many more hugs back!

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  6. I really like that art. Symbolizes so much going on today. And yes, to starting afresh especially after the week we had down here. Hugs to you, Rebecca. ❤️

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I am thrilled that you travelled to Vancouver to meet up with iHeart and me. We live in a very uncertain time. In all the noise and confusion, it is the still small voice that has power. Your compassion and dedication to seeking positive outcomes, inspires me, Paulette. I am so glad that we entered 2021 together.

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  7. Mary Jo Malo says:

    Oh, Rebecca, you always find such beautiful gems on the highways and by-ways (and alleys) of Vancouver, but really the whole world! This simple image of a child straining on her tippy-toes to place the missing piece evokes so many thoughts and feelings: Suffer the little children; Bob Marley’s song One Love, Love your neighbor…,the divisions among family, friends and nations for so many reasons that affect children adversely, but most importantly—our ability to be that missing piece. I appreciate the bright colors and hope the secretive street artist uses. With the simplicity of kindness and humility, we can move forward in perilous times to wholeness. I return your wide open hugs…

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Your mention about Bob Marley’s song, One Love, reminded of “Playing for Change” which was an organization created in 2002 to connect the world through music. You may have already heard about this unique approach, but in case you haven’t, Playing for Change records and films musicians performing in their home countries and then bring them together in a video. The first video I viewed was “Stand by Me.” But they also did Bob Marley “One Love.” Check out this link: https://youtu.be/BBdaBYVJlUQ Thank you for your hugs!!! Sending some back your way.

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      1. Mary Jo Malo says:

        Oh yes definitely. Playing for Change videos are wonderful!

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      2. Clanmother says:

        Isn’t it interesting how they used videos to take us virtually around the world and give the message that we are all connected – a message that is even more powerful in our current reality.

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      3. This is a wonderful video!!! What a way to carry on Bob Marley’s legacy.

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  8. Meg says:

    This is so sweet and hopeful! What a wonderful find while you’re on a walk Rebecca… 🙂

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I am learning to be a tourist in my home time. I just read an article about a young women who had her travel plans to a location outside Canada cancelled. Instead, she put on a mask and travelled Vancouver using the Skytrain. There are many stories left to explore in Vancouver. I’m delighted to have your company. Hugs!

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  9. 24irises says:

    Love the art and the message!

    Sent from my iPhone

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Thank you for joining me in Vancouver! I appreciate your company!

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  10. Paul Andruss says:

    Lovely sentiment Rebecca.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Thank you Paul. I think you would appreciate this artist and the way he sees how social media has influenced our lives.

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  11. Dave Astor says:

    I love this uplifting mural and your presentation about it, Rebecca. There are obviously MANY great places to visit in Vancouver; thank you for being our guide to them. 🙂

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I am so glad you joined me on this walk, Dave. iHeart’s work is very much like Banksy with messages that are hard hitting and challenge the core of our societal values. He has another mural of a young boy crying named “Nobody Likes Me,” that speaks to our need for attention on social media. “The work depicts a boy who’s sad and dissatisfied with the fact that he has zero likes, mentions and followers on his Instagram account.” And this was in 2014. Check out this link: https://www.widewalls.ch/artists/iheart

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  12. Ms Frances says:

    This meaningful artwork on a back street of Vancouver on your way to buy articles in a bakery is so very well done. And, by an artist who hides his identity even using a monicker! It is worth an important place with other outstanding artists. But, maybe this art that the artist has chosen to place in a back street brings added value. Thank you for sharing, it has brought to my mind all the very important works that is often hidden. We should keep our eyes wide open! !

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I agree, Frances – the idea of the alley adds to the message. Most times we walk on the sidewalk where we see the best side of buildings. Back alleys are where the loading docks and garbage bins are kept. It is where the real work begins. We should definitely keep our eyes wide open!!

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  13. An adorable piece of art, Rebecca! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I am grateful for the artists who give voice to a deep longing in all of us to feel belonging and love. Thank you for sharing this moment with me!!

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  14. Such a special artwork, Rebecca. You do find the most intriguing and wonderful things to share on your walks. 😍🤗

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I am delighted that you enjoyed the artwork. I find it heartening to be able to walk together from a distance. There are so many stories to share along the way, my dear friend. Hugs and lots of love! Heading over to your place now!

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  15. Delightful, Rebecca! ❤ Sharing and sending lots of love your way…

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Thank you, Bette, for joining iHeart and me in the back alley. Sending many hugs and much love back your way!! Welcome to a new week of possibilities.

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  16. Resa says:

    This is a really beautiful piece, Rebecca.
    So happy to see you in the alley!
    We need to walk together in the back roads of our communities.
    Thank you fo this!
    {{{HUGS}}}

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Resa – you were there with me! I knew you would like this mural. I agree wholeheartedly – we must walk together the back roads. There are so many stories we miss when we go in straight lines from point A to point B. Let’s take a more meandering pathway and let serendipity be our guide. Hugs and love!!!

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      1. Resa says:

        Hugs and love!

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  17. I would be hard pressed not to stop and say, “Wait, let me help you with that”!

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Oh Liz – you do that everyday – in so many ways!! Sending hugs!

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      1. Aw, shucks . . . 🙂

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  18. Jean-Jacques says:

    A joyful and inspiring artistic sight, the while heading for pastry soul food, a favourite sport of ours as well, especially at Giannini’s in Montecatini.
    The psychology and the gentleness of the message’s magnitude in the compose of the little girl applying the pieces to the broken heart says it all, requiring not a word. Extremely powerful imagery! Thanks Rebecca.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I am imagining the delicious aroma that is coming from Giannnini’s! The idea of “less is more” comes through doesn’t it? No words are necessary! The evolution of graffiti and mural art over the past two decades has been remarkable. What was once considered unsightly has become an instrument of social comment. As Banksy once said: “Speak softly, but carry a big can of paint.”

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  19. Lavinia Ross says:

    That is a beautiful piece of artwork by iHeart!

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I agree – there is a compelling message that speaks to our need for belonging, for wholeness, for understanding. So glad that you stopped by. Hugs!

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  20. cheriewhite says:

    Such a beautiful mural with a strong message. It definitely puts a smile on my face. 🙂

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I am delighted that you enjoyed this mural. I agree – there is a strong message that reminds us that compassion brings us together.

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  21. Savs says:

    It’s really so beautiful and amazing piece of artwork. Keep it up…

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Thank you so much for your encouraging comment!

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      1. Savs says:

        Welcome 🎉🎉

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  22. J.D. says:

    Such a sweet mural. The missing piece is always love. 😊

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Thank you, Julie. Sometimes in our search for our missing piece someone comes along to help us find it. I agree – the missing piece is always love. Many hugs!

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