During Scotiabank’s Nuit Blanche 2014, the STEPS Initiative and Park Property Management teamed up with Toronto artists Bruno Smoky, Shalak Attack and FIYA Bruxa to “Curate the City”, with an engaging live art installation.

“Curate the City” was a pop-up, live painting event that challenged passersby to rethink the role that construction sites play in our urban experience, encouraging them to reconsider these surfaces as blank canvases for locally produced art.

Throughout the night, people were invited to build a dynamic miniature city, comprised of dozens of 3D structure, representative of a the booming development found across our city. As the buildings were painted by event attendees, they were be erected one at a time to generate a sense of city-building, and excitement around the possibility of public art taking over the streets of Toronto.

Alongside this, internationally celebrated STEPS artists Bruno Smoky, Shalak Attack, and FIYA Bruxa created two large-scale works on construction hoarding that were later installed at Park Property Management’s development at 66 Isabella St.

This installation is part of a larger endeavour of the STEPS Initiative to install art in underused spaces, like construction sites, that strengthen community ties and beautify the streetscape while building the capacity of emerging artists to exhibit in the public realm.