<PHOTO – Justus Roe & TORONTO Mayor John Tory>
As part of a cultural ‘entente cordiale’ with our neighbour across the Great Lakes, TORONTO and CHICAGO are exchanging innovative artists this summer. In a partnership with our city’s STEPS Initiative, the free-style muralist will be tackling the Roncesvalles Pedestrian Bridge <PHOTO – STEPS>
<75-foot-long mural, 222 West Merchandise Plaza, Chicago, Justus Roe> Mr. Roe has no design plan. “I freestyle it,” he says. “I find that I have better success when I don’t work off a sketch and I let the environment guide it.”
<Andersonville, a Chicago neighbourhood>
<Kedzie Underpass, Chicago>
<‘Bright Lights, Big City’ for the Chicago Artist’s Coalition> This is a year of celebration for both cities – Canada/150 over here, and Chicago’s Year of Public Art over there. By this fall a TORONTO artist, once chosen, will be undertaking something similar in the Windy City.