Walking down Wellington Street rests a very chill crocodile, sitting on an inner tube in a blue pool, wearing sunglasses and holding a blue bottle. With clouds in the sky, Steven Twigg’s traditional style of background consists of vibrant blues, yellows, reds, and greens that begin behind the crocodile and can be seen to wrap around the Bell Box.
Part of a StART initiative, this mural is one of many in the laneway that brighten up garage doors. Given that garages are a place to park, I gave it a fun reference to our city’s Green P.
Toronto is a busy city. Most of us are buzzing from place to place with a purpose. I get inspiration from long wanders along our streets, appreciating the little things and imagining the lives quintessential parts our city could be living; like pigeons, what do they do when we’re not looking? Could be anything, even riding a unicycle for all we know. This artwork encourages us to stop a moment and let our imaginations run wild, rather than running wildly ourselves from A to B. This is part of a series.
At the corner of Huron and Harbord street, sits a cheerful signal box. The front of the signal box displays a hot dog vendor selling hot dogs for two dollars, while the rear face of the signal box hosts a raccoon, swinging from a tree, holding a hot dog.
“Local muralist Dominic Laporte live painted a mural in the Plaza the week of August 16th, 2021. The mural is meant to pay homage to the wild Canadian landscape, the design concept for the Plaza, while tying in the overall themes of the interior renovation. The mural can now be viewed as part of the construction boarding on Queen St.”
Located at the Ignite Youth Centre, this mural is meant to inspire students of Elgin County and St Thomas. A little bit of nature and magic for the youth centre tying into the neighbouring Horton Farmers Market.
The piece brings a beautiful burst of light to the alleyway, conjuring up themes of movement, freedom & the pursuit of knowledge … what is the woman in the mural reading? where is she going? how did she arrive in this place?