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Famous Leslieville mural to be painted over

The Alexander Muir mural at Queen and Jones in Leslieville is a neighbourhood fixture. But unfortunately, it's slated for a makeover.

As Ward 30 councillor Paula Fletcher says on her website, the mural is the property of the artist who created it. "The original mural project was facilitated by the Ralph Thornton Centre many years ago," she writes, "and bringing in the original artist to redo the mural is not possible."

In July, the Leslieville BIA proposed a new mural without consulting area residents first - many were miffed.

Now, Fletcher says that she worked with a small group, including the BIA and the Leslieville Historical Society, to draw up a short-list of six local artists who've been invited to submit design proposals for a new mural.

In January, this group of six will be whittled down to three finalists and from there, the Leslieville community will get to give feedback on the designs, both online and at public consultations.

Eventually, the committee will choose a mural based on these discussions.

Photo by Bryson Gilbert in the blogTO Flickr pool.


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