“URBAN RHYTHM” TEMPORARILY REFLECTS MODERNITY, WHERE CHURCH STREET MEETS CARLTON

The PATCH PROJECT is an initiative that installs permanent and temporary art in underused spaces, such as this construction site where Church Street meets Carlton. Patch Project goals – to beautify streetscapes, strengthen community ties. and encourage emerging artists to exhibit in the public realm. What could be nobler than that?

THE ARTIST – Born in Kyiv, Ukraine, DENYS GOLEMENKOV, has a graphic design and architectural background. Upon immigrating to Canada he studied Graphic Design at IADT and has worked as a professional designer since 1990.

‘Urban Rhythm’ reflects Denys’ interest in the modern city and the way it’s built. He believes TORONTO is a place where artists enjoy freedom of expression in both their art and lifestyle.  For more information – http://www.thepatchproject.com

NICK SWEETMAN’S “POLLINATORS” BREATHES NEW LIFE INTO A SHERBOURNE ST. INTERSECTION

PATCH1I’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.

PATCH4Developers 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.

PATCH3PATCH2“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.