Artist(s): Cristina Delago, Pam Lostracco

The Gratitude Garden Mural

Mural Routes Member(s): Cristina Delago Pam Lostracco Completed: August 2021

This mural was created as a collaboration of 2 artists. Cristina Delago with the mosaics and Pam Lostracco with the design and painting. Sponsored by the Uptown Yonge BIA.

Drawing inspiration from Lytton Park’s local architecture and manicured gardens, a unique 3-dimensional feel is created with painted gradations interlaced with a sculptural use of mosaics. The existing brickwork revealed there may have been 2 other windows which are now filled in with brick. These windows came back to life once again with a faux-finish illusion of people inside the café. The windows are filled with mirrored mosaic pieces that reflects the surrounding environment as well as the person viewing it. Attention is drawn to the building’s Georgian architectural style which connects to Second Cup’s storefront and patio.

People visiting the patio are surrounded by a welcoming garden pattern of native flora. Large, bright, woodland sunflowers shine above intermingled with other local flowers and plants. The mural is rich in colour, texture and reflections that light up the street and changes throughout the day. Inspired by plants grown in the local manicured Lytton Sunken Gardens, species include the: Woodland Sunflower, Aster, Anemone, Ohio Spiderwort, Goldenrod, Lady Fern, Solomon Seal, Trumpet Vine, Virginia Waterleaf and Common Butterfly Milkweed.

To honour Second Cup’s support of sustainability and our environment, recycled mosaic materials are used. Additionally, the neighbourhood becomes a celebration of natural biodiversity integrated into our everyday urban life. While enjoying the outdoor patio, you may happen to discover a quote expressing gratitude for the importance of nature and the little things in life. “A sip of coffee is a sip of gratitude!”

Where to Find This Mural

Location: Second Cup, 2592 Yonge Street (at Albertus Avenue), Toronto, ON Get Directions