TTC station undergoes amazing transformation
Those who travel by TTC may want to take a trip to see a transformation at one of the subway's most neglected stations.
Once the terminus of the Spadina Line, and described as a "giant concrete coffin," Wilson TTC was in need of some love.
The 1,400 square foot mural called Daily Migration visually echoes the stories of migration shared by community members during multidisciplinary arts workshops facilitated over the last year.
"It is a theme close to my heart as migration has impacted my life story in so many ways, and it has been incredible to share the stories of and connect with so many others who also experience the lifelong questions of identity and belonging," says Shalak, a Canadian-Chilean artist.
"Shalak introduced me to murals 7 years ago and to be able to work alongside her feels like a full circle in my mural-marking journey, particularly as the production team was all women of colour," Maxam says.
Tsoy says "as a recent immigrant to Canada, the theme of migration speaks to me. I love culturally-inspired public art and I think representation in the arts matter."
The project reflects STEPS' commitment to cultivating paid opportunities for equity-deserving artists and shared cultural experiences for Canadians, says STEPS' executive director Alexis Kane Speer.
Toronto Councillor James Pasternak welcomed the project.
"Public art is a cultural bridge between our diverse communities, and the Year of Public Art is an opportune time to showcase local talent, tell unique stories and transform our public spaces," says Pasternak.
It's hoped that the murals will create a culture space for 17,000 daily visitors.
The public is invited to the unveiling event on Sunday, Oct. 17 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. where there will be speeches and cultural activities led by local artists.
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