Bright flower graphic serves up a hit of colour for people walking along the lane in Winter.

Lulu’s Lane


Edmonton, Alberta

Lulu Lane runs from 103 Street to 104 Street south of Jasper Avenue and was named after civil rights champion Lulu Anderson, who 100 years ago, was refused entry to the Metropolitan Theatre, located half a block from this project site. Her story marks a critical milestone in the struggle for racial justice in Edmonton’s history.

Local artists, Jamelle Davis and Macha Abdallah, and civil rights advocate Bashir Mohamed, were the co-creative leads and contributing artists on the project. The vibrant, multi-coloured alley features designs by Abdallah that reference the natural features of the Alberta landscape. The 103 Street entrance features a rendition of Lulu Anderson imagined by Davis, as there are no photos of her known to exist.

Made possible through the vibrancy efforts of the Edmonton Downtown Business Association, Lulu Lane is enhanced with these bold and bright art installations, decorative lighting and opportunities for event activations. As project managers and advisors for the project, hcma found it to be incredibly powerful to participate in the design process and support in the illumination of Lulu’s courage, conviction, and resilience.


Areas of impact

In what was once a forgettable alley in the city’s core, a vibrant face creates excitement and energy, draws in curious passersby, and illuminates a watershed moment for civil rights in Edmonton and the province beyond.

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