Toronto’s York Beltline Trail weaves together the communities of Briar Hill, Belgravia, the Fairbanks, but the trail and adjoining Walter Saunders Memorial Park are hidden and somewhat disconnected from the neighbouring Dufferin corridor.
As a creative response to this wayfinding challenge, STEPS has built on our past work and strategic partnerships in the area to design a road mural on the Salinas Court cul-de-sac which butts up to one of the Park’s entrances.
The mural draws inspiration from the area’s rich textile history, which was identified as important to the surrounding community, and has been designed in collaboration with artist Bareket Kezwer, one of several artists who STEPS has partnered with to realize other public works in the area. The vibrant colours playfully announce the entrance to the park; by using a similar bright palate used in other pieces found throughout the Park and the surrounding area. The pattern has also informed by the circular shape of the cul-de-sac.
Without the support of the City of Toronto’s StreetARToronto program, the Office of City Councillor Josh Colle and the Friends of the York Beltline this project would not be possible.