March 2019 - Toronto ON
In late 2015, the former Primrose Hotel at the southwest corner of Toronto's Carlton and Jarvis intersection reopened its doors after being converted into a student residence. Now known as the Parkside Student Residences, the 23-storey tower, has got a colourful addition with a new mural by renowned Spanish street artist Okuda San Miguel gracing the building's blank east facade along Jarvis Street.
Dubbed Equilibrium, the landmark mural draws inspiration from the surrounding community, and was designed in consultation with various community stakeholder groups, the residence's student community, and several local groups. The mural's crest will feature an Okuda Kaos Star—a signature element present in many of Okuda's works—topped by a dove and foliage in a reference to the neighbouring Allan Gardens.
Below, a trio of faces represent various forms of knowledge, with grayscale faces representing wisdom and history, and a brightly coloured face representing research and innovation. Below the trio of faces, a pair of multi-patterned figures—representing local cultural diversity—hold up a globe. The base of the mural will feature a second colourful Okuda Kaos Star.
We had seen another work of his in 2017 in Fort Smith AR!