OSSINGTON AVENUE’S SPARKLING NEW MURALS ARE A LOVE LETTER TO THE GREAT LAKES

OSSINGTONMURALS8OSSINGTONMURALS5TORONTO is one of several large cities on the shores of a vast fresh-water inland sea known as The Great Lakes. This summer a group of local and international artists inaugurated a ‘Love Letter to the Great Lakes’ street-art festival. Using West Queen West and Spadina/Queen back alleys, as well as pillars supporting Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Expressway ramps, they painted art – which hopefully will connect with all of us.  The Great Lakes are a national treasure.  They deserve our love.

OSSINGTONMURALS7OSSINGTONMURALS3The 20 murals were made possible with money from the PangeaSeed Foundation, which has done “sea wall” murals in oceanside communities in Mexico, Grenada and New Zealand.

TORONTO’S STREET ARTISTS AND MURALISTS LIVEN UP CORKTOWN’S UNDERPASS PARK

UNDERPASSPARK1<PHOTO ABOVE – Underpass Park in January/2015 & BELOW as it is today>

UNDERPASSPARK11       With help from Mural Routes, Street Art TORONTO, the Pan Am Path, an army of vendors and volunteers, and the painters themselves, Underpass Park has become Downtown Eastside’s most beautiful ‘art park’. It’s beneath the Gardiner Expressway near the foot of River Street in CORKTOWN. UNDERPASSPARK3UNDERPASSPARK7

STREET ART GOES ‘SUPER SIZED’ ON KING STREET EAST AT SUMACH IN CORKTOWN

MURALS1The King Street East flyover has a whole new look thanks to TORONTO’s StART program. Philadelphian STEPHEN BUCKLEY, T.O.’s general manager of Transportation Services, has headed up the Underpass Program – five commissioned giant mural projects citywide.

MURALS5This spectacular collection in CORKTOWN, was created by TORONTO-based artist ELISA MONREAL (artist moniker Shalak Attack). Ms. Monreal has painted every aspect of the concrete overpass, which cuts through one of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods.  StART is an offshoot of StreetARTToronto, whose goal is to legitimize street art. In this particular case, they’ve succeeded big time.MURALS2MURALS7MURALS4MURALS3