Beautification project showcases nature photos from Michelle Valberg

Experience the nature of Westboro through a new outdoor photography installation that stretches from Golden Avenue to Island Park, titled: La nature en ville Westboro Nature Walk

Renowned wildlife photographer, Michelle Valberg, licensed nine of her spectacular nature-themed photos to wrap nine utility boxes across Westboro Village and installation is now underway.

Ottawa residents are encouraged to stroll, scooter, or cycle along Richmond Road to view each of the displays, which showcase flora and fauna that is native to the area.

“There’s magic in the nature of our own backyard,” says Michelle, who is one of five Canadian Nikon Ambassadors and the first Canadian Geographic Photographer-in-Residence. She’s traveled to all continents and has had a photography studio in Westboro for the past 15 years and continues to be involved in her community.

Families will have fun finding them all, and there’s lots of time to do so. “We are thrilled. The exhibition is licensed for five years,” says Michelle Groulx, Executive Director of the Westboro Village BIA. “It’s cool to think about how much these non-descript grey boxes will be transformed. It will bring me joy on my walk to work, that’s for sure.”

Westboro residents have probably walked past these boxes hundreds of times and never noticed them. They are such a typical part of the streetscape they become practically invisible. But they won’t be anymore! Look for Michelle Valberg’s photos at the following locations by the Westboro Village Nature Walk map.

  • Richmond Road at Patricia Avenue
  • Richmond Road at Kirkwood Avenue
  • Richmond Road at McRae Avenue
  • Richmond Road at Athlone Avenue
  • Richmond Road at Churchill Avenue
  • Byron Avenue at Churchill Avenue
  • Richmond Road at Roosevelt Avenue
  • Byron Avenue at Roosevelt Avenue
  • Richmond Road at Golden Avenue