Sudbury's Three-Storey Alex Trebek Mural Is Complete
Check out that 'stache!
Published Aug 24, 2021Alex Trebek has been immortalized in his birthplace of Sudbury, ON, with the completion of a new three-storey mural.
Announced earlier this month, the tribute was painted by Canadian artist Kevin Ledo on the side of the late Jeopardy! host's alma mater, Sudbury Secondary School. You can see the completed work above, and some progress shots below.
Ledo explained in a statement, "I chose to do a retro Alex Trebek, with a design pattern from the era, for a number of reasons: 1. It's fun and playful to see the handsome local hero in his youth, sporting his most excellent style. 2. It's closer to the time when he lived in Sudbury. 3. I've been joking around about how it's a mural depicting the origin story of his once iconic moustache. 4. I love '70s design and finally found a perfect outlet for it.
"This mural wasn't an easy one, the brick was an insane challenge and the 10 days of sun and heat were taxing. Nonetheless, I had a great time and I'm very happy with the result."
Ledo's mural was completed as part of Sudbury's Up Here festival, which took place last weekend. The artist is recognized for other portraiture murals of Leonard Cohen in Montreal, Rosa Parks in Detroit and David Suzuki in Toronto.
Trebek passed away last November after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 80. Following the Mike Richards fiasco, Jeopardy! is still in search of a syndicated host.