A multicoloured mural painted on the side of a wall, in front of an apartment building.
Artist(s): Mentor: Rob Matejka | Artists: Jordan Chretien, Maggie Chan, Johnny Yang, Tristan Joseph

Come Unity

Mural Routes Member(s): Rob Matejka Completed: Summer 2009

This richly symbolic mural was designed by the team of youth artists, after consideration of community input. It portrays the passage of a gift from left to right, on a journey that arrives ashore on a sea of waves – representing a difficult journey towards human rights that settles on the shores of our communities. The journey by boat shows a ‘pulling together’ of people to reach their destination. The community is being held aloft by five pillars represented by figures of the youth. They stand beneath a figure draping the earth with a quilt that protects and unites beneath glowing skies.

The mural is part of Amnesty International’s Project Urban Canvas, a mural series celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It focuses on Article #2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states: “Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind”.

Come Unity was created in summer of 2009, with youth artists hired through Focus on Youth Toronto 2009 (Toronto District School Board), Ministry of Culture, Summer Employment Program and the Ontario Government Youth Opportunities Strategy through Tropicana Community Services. The project was managed by Mural Routes, supported by a grant from the City of Toronto through the Graffiti Transformation Program.

Where to Find This Mural

Location: 1163 Ellesmere Rd, Scarborough, ON M1P, Canada Get Directions