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Massive public photo mural coming to Lower Bay St.

Posted by Derek Flack / August 27, 2014

photo mural lower bayThe drab section of Bay south of Harbour St. is set to get a major facelift thanks to Toronto's StART program. Home to the Conference Centre at the Westin Harbour Castle, the facade on the east side of Bay will serve as a giant canvas for photographer and former Grange Prize winner Sarah Anne Johnson. To be precise, the wall will offer the artist a 12-metre-tall by 44-metre-wide space to install a site-specific photo mural that will take inspiration from its location near the harbour.

photo mural lower bay street"Beginning with Lake Ontario and Toronto Island as her subject, Johnson's site-specific new work will transform this grey city block into a magical place," explains Bonnie Rubenstein, the Artistic Director of the Contact Photography Festival, who is a partner in the project. The mural was made possible by a $50,000 donation from Partners In Art (PIA), and is scheduled to be in place by the arrival of the Pan Am Games next year. Johnson is known for her fantastical photographs, so you can count on a major transformation of the currently anonymous corridor.



Garneau / August 27, 2014 at 01:07 pm
Great news - Ms. Johnson's work is outstanding.
John / August 27, 2014 at 01:41 pm
not a fan of photoshopped work anyone can do.
Todd Toronto / August 27, 2014 at 02:32 pm
I have no idea what the mural will look like whatsoever, but I don't like it. That space could use so much better.


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BM / August 27, 2014 at 02:55 pm
That is the most beautiful public mural I've ever seen - said no one ever.
Holly replying to a comment from John / August 27, 2014 at 04:20 pm
Well then I guess it's a good thing her "photoshopping" accomplished by hand painting photographic prints - this way you CAN be a fan. YAY.
floop replying to a comment from BM / August 27, 2014 at 09:29 pm
I'm a douche. - Said BM daily
Ricky / August 28, 2014 at 12:07 am
Funny y'all the ones that scream and cry when illegal graffiti murals are removed, BUT they try and beautify a boring grey wall that's sat that way for decades and you all hate it without even seeing. Pathetic New Jack Losers!
BM replying to a comment from floop / August 28, 2014 at 12:55 am
I'm an NDP wanna be, who loves making Toronto a small town shithole, said- Floop when confronted by someone who is actually born and raised here.
Jason / September 2, 2014 at 02:41 pm
Cant wait to see it, I'm not a particular fan of vinyl wraps. It doesn't mean it cant look good.
meatballs / September 10, 2014 at 10:20 am
Can we have a montage of Warhol-style palette swaps of that bug-eyed Rob Ford picture?

Also, what's wrong with you guys today, 9 comments and no mention of/pretending to be him? / September 22, 2014 at 11:51 pm
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