Over summer 2018, Toronto will host one of the world’s most celebrated street artists – OKUDA (Spain) to create a new landmark mural entitled Equilibrium, inspired by the community and commissioned especially for Parkside Student Residence’ 23 storey easterly wall.
This new work will animate the bustling Carlton and Jarvis intersection, and be visible from the surrounding neighbourhood. Its design has been developed in consultation with various community stakeholder groups, including Parkside’s student community and representatives from various local groups.
Equilibrium will offer paid employment for local and emerging artists; capacity building opportunities for students, as well as cultural programming for the wider public, including an exhibition in partnership with Hashtag Gallery and a celebratory event planned for September 2018.
We’re looking to create other community-engaged artworks in the area, and would love to hear your thoughts on the proposed Equilibrium mural design and your experience of the local community, to help shape these new works of art!
STEPS has partnered with the City of Toronto’s StreetARToronto (StART) program alongside Parkside Student Residence property owner Knightstone Capital Management and the project partners listed below to bring vibrancy to the streetscape of Jarvis and Carlton. StART is a pro-active program that develops, supports, promotes and increases awareness of street art and its unique role in adding beauty and character to neighbourhoods across Toronto, while also counteracting graffiti vandalism and its harmful effect on communities. StART’s mission is to revitalize and engage communities through street and mural art while embracing the City’s motto “Diversity our Strength.”