What follows are initial renderings of the proposed mural and how we arrived at its design!
The work’s title makes reference to the universal balance between nature, humanity and knowledge. The artist has chosen to incorporate a totem as a central foci of the piece; a symbol which has been admired across a diversity of cultures throughout history. The work responds to provided design considerations identified by community stakeholders: diversity, knowledge and nature in its design. It incorporates vibrant colours in a thoughtful way, along with imagery that conjures feelings of positivity and unity. Its intended to connect with the positive and vibrant living environment that Parkside Student Residence seeks to foster where students feel connected to their communities.
STEPS has partnered with the City of Toronto’s StreetARToronto (StART) program alongside Parkside Student Residence property owner Knightstone Capital Management and the project partners: HealthCare of Ontario Pension Plan, Compass Canada, Turner & Townsend, Diamond Schmitt Architects, Crowe Soberman LLP, Single Digits, Foliot Furniture, Canadian Campus Communities, and Dulux Paints to bring vibrancy to the streetscape of Jarvis and Carlton.