I’ve passed the corner many times and wondered how this 20-panel mural on the site of a former gas station came to be. Turns out it’s a Patch Project, supported by the Sustainable Thinking and Expression on Public Space (STEPS) organization.
Developers by law must make 50% of the fencing around building sites available for some form of artwork. This summer TORONTO is one big construction site yet again, which means hoardings abound, providing outlets for a 100-strong crew of local artists. They’re creating murals, live events and on-site heritage displays in neighbourhoods across town.
“POLLINATORS”, supported by OBEN FLATS, was created by NICK SWEETMAN using acrylic and aerosols. It went up during the winter and will remain there while a 13-storey building goes up behind.
NICK SWEETMAN holds an MFA from OCAD University as well as a certificate from the Mural Routes Leadership Training in Mural-Making program. Over the years he has worked in photography, drawing, graphic arts, video, installation, and a wide array of mixed media.
“The Patch Project is an awesome initiative that uses public space to put a good message out into the city,” says Nick.