WATCHING THE PAINT DRY ON JARVIS STREET, AS SPANISH ARTIST OKUDA’S MURAL TAKES SHAPE

A brightly coloured mural by Spanish street artist OKUDA is taking its place on a blank wall, facing traffic-heavy Jarvis Street at Carlton. The project is a partnership among STEPS (a public art-funding charity), the City of TORONTO’s StreetART program, and the owners of Parkside Student Residences. The city provided $50,000 as part of its Graffiti Management PlanThe Residences are housed in a former 1970’s-era Brutalist hotel, not far from the University of TORONTO, OCAD University, George Brown College and Ryerson University in or near downtown.

<ABOVE – street level sketching on JULY 7TH>

<ABOVE – the finished mural on July 13th. This work of art has become a landmark, and can be seen clearly from several blocks away.>