‘TORONTO STREET ART STROLLS’ is a beautiful guide book to the alleys, streets and underpasses of our city, where a multitude of muralists practice their art. Nathalie Prézeau, camera in hand, toured 43 neighbourhoods and came up with a 192 page guide to cafes, patios, shops – and the whereabouts (with maps) of TORONTO’s finest public murals.
The book includes over 1,100 photos of street artworks and how to get to them.
This is the third walking guide book Nathalie Prézeau has produced. The other two sold out quickly and made the Globe and Mail bestsellers list. Copies might be available at Spacing on Richmond Street West.
TORONTO’S muralists and street artists are giving utility boxes a shiny new face. PHOTOS BELOW – “Yorkvillians”, Hazelton Avenue at Davenport Road, Lee Sjastrom; “Skyscraper Gardens” and “Cardinals and Butterflies”, Isabella Street, Dan Walsh and Dan Buckley.
Below, two others by unidentified artists . . .
When 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.”
Artist 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.
The 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.