Tapestry of Movement: Toronto Coach Terminal Welcomes Visitors with a New Mural
Paint will hit the wall on the Elizabeth Street Arrival’s Terminal (Elizabeth and Edward). Internationally celebrated artist Sean Martindale, notable as the lead artist on World’s Tallest Mural, will be mentoring emerging artists and residents of the YWCA Elm Centre throughout the creation of this new cultural landmark.
Inspired by the diverse lived experiences of Toronto, a city built on stories of migration, Tapestry of Movement is an interdisciplinary and community-engaged public art project that will result in the transformation of the Toronto Coach Terminal. Martindale’s colourful and welcoming abstract design for the Elizabeth Street Bus Terminal will be informed by the building’s architecture, function, and the community it serves. The work has been inspired in part by residents of the the YWCA’s Elm Centre who participated in community programming this past spring, which were led by artist Bareket Kezwer.
STEPS has partnered with property owner, TTC and manager GACCTO, to bring some colour to the streetscape through this new mural work that will engage visitors and local residents alike – anticipated to be experienced by over two million bus passengers each year.
Fostering community and business partnerships are an integral to the success of STEPS’ public projects. Tapestry of Movement has been made possible through collaborations with the City of Toronto’s StreetARToronto program, Ontario 150, Ontario Arts Council, Hal Jackman Foundation, Rotary Toronto’s Women’s Committee, Dulux Paint, Home Depot, YWCA Elm Centre, and City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, for Ward 27 – Toronto Centre Rosedale.
“I am excited to see this bleak corner of Edward Street transformed by STEPS. I have been working with STEPS for a number of years to bring art and community to our downtown streets and am very proud to support this new mural,” Says Ward 27 City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam
Martindale, emerging artist assistants and community contributors will be on site throughout the month of July, beginning July 10th. Tune into the mural’s development by following STEPS on social media, and stay tuned for information on a public celebration planned for August 2017.