Image depicts a mosaic heart on a planter. The heart is filled with birds sitting on branches behind a blue and purple background with a 'Willowdale Ave' sign in the middle.

Willowdale Mosaic Mural Project

Artist: Robin Hesse, Cristina Delago

West side of Yonge Street, between North York Boulevard (north) and Upper Madison Avenue (south)

The Willowdale Mosaic Mural Project was created in 2022-2023, featuring 19 mosaic heart murals installed on planters on the West side of Yonge Street, between North York Boulevard (north) and Upper Madison Avenue (south). Each heart depicts a reason why the community loves Willowdale, which was determined by the local community who were engaged in the design process in a variety of ways. In Willowdale, the heart shape is considered an artistic and cultural symbol, and is deeply connected to its history – small copper hearts are even embedded on the sidewalks. This mosaic mural aims to celebrate the area and contribute to the revival of the local economy which has suffered deeply due to the COVID pandemic.

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Twenty-nine square, multicoloured mosaics.

Scarborough Seniors Mosaic Mural Project

Artist: Cristina Delago

4630 Kingston Rd, Scarborough, ON, Canada

Thanks to a Government of Ontario Seniors Community grant, 27 Older Adults (55+) and Seniors (65+) living in Scarborough developed mural-making skills with experienced mosaic mural artist Cristina Delago. As part of the program, delivered virtually, each participant created a mosaic panel to contribute to this large community mural project on the theme of gratitude. During the unprecedented times of Covid-19 lockdowns and stay-at-home orders, participants shared what they were grateful for throughout the workshops. Using the time together to heal and bond through the creative process of mosaic-making, those involved in the workshops developed a sense of community and felt very connected in a time of physical isolation.

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Fill in the blanks

Artist: Mehtap Mertdogan

687 Mount Pleasant Road M4S 2N2 Toronto

Guerilla installations, known as the Fill in the Blanks project.
Repairing broken sidewalks on Mt Pleasant between 649-689 with smaller mosaic pieces.

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Artist: Cristina Delago, Cedar Ridge Community youth

Cedar Ridge Creative Centre 225 Confederation Drive Toronto, ON M1G 1B2

This mural was initiated by the Community Arts Guild in Scarborough. It was a community mosaic project led by Cristina Delago with youth from Scarborough and youth from S.A.G.E. Group.
It is a concrete building adjacent to the Cedar Ridge Community Centre. The mosaic covers the 3 main walls of the building.
Created in August of 2021.

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The Gratitude Garden Mural

Artist: Cristina Delago, Pam Lostracco

Second Cup, 2592 Yonge Street (at Albertus Avenue), Toronto, ON

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

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