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The Lee's Palace mural is finally complete

Posted by Derek Flack / September 14, 2010

Lee's Palace TorontoAs I was walking along Bloor St. the other day, I happened to notice that work on the new mural at Lee's Palace was almost complete. The expectation was that Al Runt, the artist behind the piece, would finish it up around the beginning of summer, but the intricate and large scale painting obviously required a bit more time.

It's funny. I had almost forgotten that the mural wasn't complete because the lower portion was finished a while ago. And given that for some reason I find myself almost always walking on the south side of the street along this stretch, I suppose I just hadn't looked up. When I finally did, I was surprised at how similar the new mural looks from a distance.

Sure, it's cleaner, smoother, more detailed and saturated - not to mention that the sign and entrance have changed - but at a quick glance and from afar, one could easily think that the Lee's of old is back. That is, until you look for more than a second or two - or when a side-by-side comparison is made.

So, allow me to offer some before, in-process and after shots. As of Sunday, the top right portion of the mural had yet to be painted. But a trip made earlier today confirms that the (new) mural is finally complete.

It's strange how one becomes attached to things like this mural, but I have to say I'm delighted to see the finished product retains the original style of the piece while improving on it at the same time. For more information, Torontoist has an excellent article about the arrival of Big Fat Burrito and the origins of the new mural.

Before

Lee's PalacePhoto by Rick McGrath.

Lee's PalacePhoto by Tim Shore.

Work on the new mural

Lee's PalacePhoto by intrepidacious.

Lee's PalacePhoto by chromewaves.

Lee's PalaceAlso by chromewaves.

Almost done!

Lee's PalacePhoto by rvnix.

Finished

Lee's Palace Mural

Lee's Palace Toronto

Lead and final two photos by the author.

Discussion

15 Comments

b / September 14, 2010 at 03:21 pm
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wow! it looks amazing!!
laurie / September 14, 2010 at 03:25 pm
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was by there last night and i was struck by how clean and fresh and *awesome* it looked. he did a great job.
elvisthepelvis / September 14, 2010 at 03:26 pm
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it looks great! it's a shame about the budweiser advertisement though.
gr1 / September 14, 2010 at 04:45 pm
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BUDWEISER RULESSSSS! *kegstand
Steve Keys / September 14, 2010 at 09:56 pm
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I was sad when the old one came down, but this is a very fitting replacement. Looks great.
bullring / September 14, 2010 at 09:56 pm
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What a god damn eyesore
Bonk / September 14, 2010 at 11:13 pm
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Ah so that's what vomit on fire looks like...
Travis / September 15, 2010 at 12:11 am
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Looks fantastic.
Luke / September 15, 2010 at 01:36 am
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Perfect replacement. Keeps the same energy and theme, but just amplified. Love it.
Jibbly replying to a comment from Bonk / September 15, 2010 at 08:45 am
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Hahaha. Perfect!
I still love the mural, but you've hit the nail on the head.
M / September 15, 2010 at 08:51 am
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Looks great. Maybe the artist can help out Dangerous Dan's, which used to have a cool black & white mural, but recently painted it over to plain black.
Kevin / September 15, 2010 at 09:16 am
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This fills me with joy.
Daryl Fritz / September 15, 2010 at 10:20 am
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I really dislike the red sign.
HUK replying to a comment from Daryl Fritz / September 15, 2010 at 10:41 am
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You should sue.
Scott Snider / September 18, 2010 at 08:29 am
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Torontoist is reporting that it isn't quite finished (and takes a mild poke at you) here:
http://torontoist.com/2010/09/lees_monsters_yet_to_come_to_life.php

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