Tapestry of Movement: Toronto Coach Terminal Welcomes Visitors with a New Mural
Inspired by the diverse lived experiences of Torontonians, Tapestry of Movement is an interdisciplinary and community-engaged public art projects developed by artist Sean Martindale, in collaboration with SpudBomb; local resident artists Angela Malley, Cheryl Lynn Peacock, Kate Yee, and Turtle Shell Woman, with support from emerging artists Daniela Rocha, Wandy Cheng, and Laiken Breau.
The mural’s colourful and welcoming design was informed by the building’s architecture, function, and the community it serves. Its design was also inspired by the Elm Centre community who both participated in programming facilitated by artist Bareket Kezwer leading up to the work’s creation and added their personal touches to the mural.
“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,” said Ward 27 City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam leading up to the project’s launch.
STEPS has partnered with the City of Toronto’s StreetARToronto (StART) program alongside property owner TTC and manager GACCTO, to bring colour to the streetscape and engage visitors and local residents alike. The mural is 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, the YWCA, and City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, for Ward 27 – Toronto Centre Rosedale.