IF THIS ‘CLIMATE CHANGE’ MURAL SPOOKED THE ‘HOOD, IMAGINE WHAT THE REAL THING WOULD DO

LAWRENCEMURAL4When three artists from the Essencia Art Collective unveiled their Lawrence Avenue West underpass creation some locals weren’t entirely pleased. A few found it scary – and as usual in this town – city council got involved.

Councillor FRANK DI GIORGIO: “On public space I think, for myself, it should be a little more picturesque. I don’t think you take underpasses as a place where you try to communicate artistic messages. You’re trying to beautify things.”

LAWRENCEMURAL5Artist FIYA BRUXA, co-designer of the mural: “It’s an ode to Mother Earth, to all of Earth’s beautiful creatures and magical realism.” GILDA MONREAL (also known as Fiya Bruxa) said it’s meant to convey a warning about climate change and environmental destruction.

LAWRENCEMURAL1The opposite wall of the underpass, also painted by the Collective, is bright and cheery. No controversy there.  Over 2,000 people signed a petition to keep both murals.

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