Canadian mosaic photographer pops into Shelburne for visit

Greg Bennett
Published on July 21, 2014

Tim Van Horn and Cecile Pelian were in Shelburne on Wednesday as part of their country-wide venture called the Canadian Mosaic Project.

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By Greg Bennett

Last week, Shelburne received a visit from a unique photographer conducting a unique project.

Tim Van Horn left his home in Red Deer, Alberta, in 2008 on what was to be a year long journey to meet and photograph everyday Canadians from across the land.

That project morphed into a much larger venture called the Canadian Mosaic Project, which will bring together portraits of 54,000 Canadians. The project will be officially launched in 2017 as Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary.

Cecile Pelian joined the Canadian Mosaic team in 2013, helping with French translation, social media, event planning and project documentation.

So far, Van Horn has already captured more than 33,000 portraits of Canadians and is continuing to crisscross the country to reach his goal.

He eventually plans to cover a large bus with the portraits and take his show on the road in 2017. There is a website dedicated to the tour, complete with the many thousands of portraits he has taken.

His plans include the development of an educational website, an official tour and a book, all to be launched as part of Canada’s 150th.

“It’s a heartfelt look at the country,” he said. “Never before has there been this massive of a portrait of the people of Canada …it’s uncharted territory.”

Read about the project's visit to Yarmouth here.