Toronto has worked hard to cultivate a reputation as an arts and culture hub. With endless festivals, galleries, event series, workshops, you name it, the city constantly encourages participation and inclusivity in the arts and culture scene. And with all that’s going on, sometimes you need not look farther than our city's walls to be immersed in its treasures.
A LOVE LETTER TO THE GREAT LAKES
This past June saw a team of local and international artists assemble in Toronto for a PangeaSeed Foundation’s Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans. Speaking to the critical issues our planet’s freshwater supply faces, artists beautified the city with primarily nautical-themed murals.
OSSINGTON & REBECCA
Bruno Smoky devoted this piece to the coexistence of man and nature to promote sustainability. A Brazil native, Bruno is a coordinator for the Essencia Arts Collective and is a founding member of the Clandestinos Crew.
ARGYLE & BRUCE
Best known as Birdo, this mural of the Butler's Garter Snake uses colour, shadow and geometry to manipulate perception. Birdo is well-known for his floating animal hybrids seen across Toronto that challenge the mind and inspire creativity.
QUEEN & SOHO
In an homage to Marty McFly, Elicser highlights the rising water levels, possibly suggesting that we might only be prepared to address these issues once it’s too late. Elicser’s characters are well known throughout Toronto and his most recent exhibition, Prosopagnosia, explores the inability to see faces as a result living in a fast-paced environment.
LAWRENCE UNDERPASS NEAR CALEDONIA
Though the mural was first met with some resident protest regarding the “scary” images, there is no mistaking the statement the Essencia Art Collective intended to make. Through bold colours, immensely detailed landscapes representing past, present and future, and hauntingly life like flora and fauna, the mural speaks loudly about our struggle against climate change.
PARKSIDE & LAKESHORE UNDERPASS
Li-Hill is an internationally recognized Toronto artist, currently based in New York. His 42-metre-long mural on the Parkside underpass stays true to his multi-layered stencil aesthetic, speaking to the ramifications of urbanization.
HOWLAND & BLOOR
Though you’ve likely never heard of Pollinator Week, Toronto artist Nick Sweetman was commissioned by Burt’s Bees Canada in partnership with StreetARToronto to create awareness during the week-long campaign. The consequence of a dying bee populations is a global problem and this mural serves to remind everyone of the importance of every living creature.