Cochrane is getting a brand-new piece of public art just in time for Canada Day.

The Cochrane and Area Events Society (CAES) will be unveiling the Cochrane Together - A remembrance mural mosaic project this Friday in an event for local media and dignitaries. 

Erika Richards, Secretary with CAES said the unveiling ceremony will happen in front of a small audience, but the entire town will get the chance to take a close look on July 1.

"We're going to be keeping that fairly small on the 30th and then the big celebration where we will bring a smaller manageable replica of the mural will be on Canada Day at the opening ceremonies."

The mural will be placed on the west-facing wall of Lube City, overlooking The Station.

There is newly planted grass in this area, and CAES feels it is best to not draw a large crowd there at this time. 

Cochrane residents were invited to submit photos or create artwork for the mural that represented the community getting through the COVID-19 pandemic 

"We're really excited about it. We've seen the final copy of it and of course, we're all face first in the mural looking for our pictures." said Richards. 

Once the mural is installed, Cochranites will be able to learn more about the story behind each individual tile. 

"There will be some interactive squares. So if you click on it will flip and tell you the story of what that tile represents or the picture represents with the idea of that. And of course, that will be in both official languages."

-With files from Eric Ruttle