Break the Ice (Toronto + Iqaluit)

Mural Routes Member(s): Amy Shackleton

Amy Shackleton was invited by the Robert McLaughlin Gallery to create a public art mural commission for the Oshawa Centre Mall.

Shackleton is an Oshawa-based professional artist with an inventive technique embracing gravity. Videos featuring her artistic process have reached over 15 million people worldwide. Rather than paintbrushes, she uses squeeze bottles and gravity as her primary tools. Liquid paint is dripped, poured and layered to create her urban landscape paintings. Shackleton’s background includes a BFA honours degree, an extensive exhibition history and works displayed in hundreds of public and private collections. Shackleton is the Secretary of the Board of Directors at the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington and works from her studio in Oshawa.

Inspired by her travels, Shackleton draws upon the real life urgency of climate change by depicting an uncertain future where cities blend with nature. As extreme weather events become more frequent and hit closer to home, Shackleton’s work is becoming less about the future and more about the present. Forests are burning, lands are flooding and glaciers are melting. In this mural, Shackleton visualizes the effects of climate change in Canada by flooding Toronto streets with sea ice from Frobisher Bay, Iqaluit.

The Oshawa Centre Mall is now open so you can view this mural in person! You can find it just north of the food court, across from Danier. It is a temporary mural, so it will only be on display for a limited time.

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Where to Find This Mural

Location: Oshawa Centre, 419 King St. W. Oshawa, L1J 2K5 Get Directions