This project, entitled Multipli’city, was managed by Mural Routes and is part of the StreetARToronto Partnership Program in collaboration with the Corktown Residents and Business Association, the City of Toronto Parks Department, and Friends of the PanAm Path.
In 2015 Mural Routes, working with these partners, managed the Live Art Festival, a live painting event that saw twenty artists transform the east side of the park. Since then, Underpass Park has become a much-photographed Toronto landmark. Multipli’city will extend this animation to the west side, and will compliment the existing public artwork Mirage by acclaimed artist Paul Raff, who has graciously given his permission for this project.
While the artists’ designs are diverse, they are tied together by the theme of multiplicity, a theme intended to remind us that our diverse people are the real pillars of Canada.
The all-Canadian group of artists hail from Merrit, BC, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto. Their work can be seen across the country and around the world, from Al Runt’s iconic Lee’s Palace mural in Toronto, to FONKi’s work in Cambodia (the subject of the documentary The Roots Remain).
Al Runt, Andrew Dexel, Annie Hamel, Aura, Chief Lady Bird, Carlos Delgado, FONKi, GAWD, Jill Stanton, Kalkidan Assefa, Layla & Lacey, Meaghan Claire Kehoe, OMEN, and Ness Lee. Project Manager Rob Matejka and Project Assistant Anya Mielniczek, themselves mural artists, will also work together to paint one pilla
ABOUT MURAL ROUTES
Mural Routes is a not-for-profit art service organization in Canada dedicated to the creation, development, and promotion of public wall art. Their vision is to inspire the creation of extraordinary public wall art that serves as a catalyst for community building. In late 2015, Mural Routes was awarded an Ontario Trillium Foundation Grow Grant for the purpose of expanding their existing education and mentorship programs into the Mural Art Learning Institute (MURALi). www.muralroutes.ca
StARToronto is a pro-active program that develops, supports, promotes and increases awareness of street art and its unique role in adding beauty and character to neighbourhoods across Toronto, while also counteracting graffiti vandalism and its harmful effect on communities. StART’s mission is to revitalize and engage communities through street and mural art while embracing the City’s motto “Diversity our Strength.”