Roncesvalles Bridge Revitilization
STEPS is facilitating the local aspects of an international cultural exchange between the City of Toronto and the City of Chicago that will result in street art are being created in both cities to commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday and the “Year of Public Art” that is taking place in Chicago. The joint initiative will involve a Chicago artist creating a piece of street art in Toronto while a Toronto artist does the same thing in Chicago.
Drawing inspiration from both cities’ connection to the Great Lakes, the Roncesvalles Foot Bridge which connects West End communities to the Waterfront will host a new work locally. Chicago-based abstract artist Justus Roe will transform this well-loved pedestrian and cycling thoroughfare in collaboration with Staying true to our reputation, STEPS is engaging the wider community in the works’ development through a series of community painting days, as well as integrated capacity building opportunities for local emerging artists and Parkdale youth. Justus will arrive on July 13th and will work most days with Assistants until the mural completion is celebrated on July 27th.
This project is made possible by the City of Toronto’s StreetARToronto program, as well as the City’s Economic Development and Culture Division.