Toronto Leslieville mural

One of these will be the new Leslieville mural

The Alexander Muir mural in Toronto's Leslieville neighbourhood will soon disappear. A local street artist, however, will replace it with an original new piece.

In July, Leslievillians were miffed when their BIA unveiled a new mural without consulting them. Since then, Ward 30 Councillor Paula Fletcher, along with the Leslieville BIA and the Leslieville Historical Society, worked to solicit design proposals from a short list of six artists. Now, they've chosen their top three: Elicser, Mediah and Dan Bergeron.

From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. tonight, residents can give their feedback at Parts Gallery, 1142 Queen St. E. There's also an online survey open until Sunday, January 24 for those who can't make it.

Both Elicser (mural at top of this page) and Mediah explain that they were inspired by the maple leaf - and Alexander Muir's "Maple Leaf Forever." Bergeron's piece features a "repetitive deconstruction" of the word Leslieville, to represent the changes happening in the neighbourhood.

Here are the other two finalists:

Toronto Leslieville mural

Dan Bergeron

Toronto Leslieville mural

Mediah

And, in case you forget, here's what the current mural looks like:

Toronto Leslieville mural

Which mural do you like the best? Let us know in the comments.


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