CHICAGO’S JUSTUS ROE III WILL BE HERE THIS SUMMER PAINTING THE WEST END’S RONCY BRIDGE

<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.

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