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 Plan.

The 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.>

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AN UNIDENTIFIED STUDENT VENTS HIS OR HER SPLEEN ABOUT MATHEMATICS ON A CHURCH ST. LAMP POST

D for Dummy
D for Dunce
D for Dolt
The judgmental sneer
of my classmates. The
glare of isolation. The
incessant droning of the teacher. And why?
Because those
multiples of seven
and beyond were out of
my grasp. The bane of
my existence was
math, f***ing math.
But I wasn’t going to let
it get to me, not this
time. I’d wear that hat
with pride
D for Dexterity
D for Delightful
D for Daring.
That cap would be my
crown. The stool to be
my throne. The math
room my kingdom.
THE KING OF THE
LAND OF D.
Bow down and worship
oh ye lowly toilers of
numbers. Let your
gaze fall upon this
grand visage and
marvel at the total lack
of mathematical
mastery!
Disrespect this King
and He will smite thee
down. Fear not if ye
are true and kind for
the King is merciful
and just.
The King is Alive
The King is Alive
Long Live The King.

Nathalie Prézeau HAS CREATED A UNIQUE & USEFUL GUIDE TO TORONTO’S HOTTEST STREET ART LOCALES

‘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.