Joel Richardson Mural Junction Triangle

The Junction Triangle gets its mural back

Almost five months after Joel Richardson's mural "The Formula" was unceremoniously buffed by the City of Toronto over confusion related to its commissioned status (or lack thereof), the artist has just finished its replacement. Located underneath the rail overpass on Dupont just west of Lansdowne, the new mural is even more colourful and expansive that its ill-fated predecessor — and makes good on the promise it showed when I stopped by to chat with Richardson in mid September.

Still political in nature — which was one of the reasons cited for the removal of the first one — Richardson's new mural takes to task the yes-men and yes-women who make what he calls "free-wheeling" capitalism possible. Cast as semi-faceless automatons, the suit-clad characters appear with hands raised as if to accept an order or to pledge allegiance to an economic philosophy that robs them of their individuality.

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