Massive public photo mural coming to Lower Bay St.
The 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.
"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.