Sunday, July 23, 2017

Monday Mural

I'm linking up at Monday Mural hosted by Oakland Daily Photo.

June 2017 - Toronto ON

Elicser Elliott “Tona as Marty McFly Disappearing Photos”

Floating man, floating down the river with an photo from the past clutched in his hand.

This is now hidden behind scaffolding and fencing for another construction project at Queen St. W and Soho. I was lucky that the gate was ajar.

I had set out to find this mural of David Suzuki on a street called Bulwer. It rang a bell and when googled I realized I had walked past it last week while on Spadina in Chinatown.
Intrigued by the name I found the following at the Historic Toronto site.

Bulwer is a short avenue, located one block north of Queen Street West, between Soho Street and Spadina Avenue. In the nineteenth century it was named Maple Lane and was where families maintained small homes. It was an ideal location as the street was close to the commercial shops of Spadina Avenue as well as those on Queen Street. The Spadina and Queen Street streetcars were close, so it was easy for the residents to travel to work anywhere throughout the downtown area.

The name Maple Lane disappeared in 1878, when they renamed the it Bulwer Street. It was likely named after the English statesman and author Edward George, Earl Lytton, secretaries for the colonies 1858-1859. He wrote many popular novels between the years 1827-1873 under the name Bulwer-Lytton. The name Bulwer may have carried more prestige, but the name “Maple Lane” was more charming.

David Suzuki painted by Kevin Ledo. June 2016, A Love Letter to the Great Lakes project, with Pangea Seed, Toronto, Canada. Exterior mural: “David Suzuki with Atlantic Salmon” 26’×64’

Bulwer St. Off Spadina north of Queen St.

Unfortunately there has been some tagging done.

David Takayoshi Suzuki, CC, geneticist, broadcaster, environmental activist (born 24 March 1936 in Vancouver, BC). A Canadian of Japanese parentage, Suzuki was interned with his family during the Second World War. He is known for his career as a broadcaster (including the CBC TV series The Nature of Things) as well as his work as an environmental activist.

Just west of Suzuki is this unsigned mural. So much detail!


  1. Suzuki is well respected in Australia, certainly by me. I didn't know about his family being interned.

  2. ...tagging is a fact of life.

    1. tagging certainly seems to be a Toronto - or big city - thing.

  3. Some really nice murals. I like that you found so much information on them. Too bad about the taggers though. Some people just can't appreciate nice things!

  4. Wow, your mural cup runneth over. The tagging seems so wrong. What happened to the code of honor with street art? Thanks for contributing to this week's Monday Mural.

  5. The last mural is by Elicser too - that is him in the last pic with the E on his shirt. I'll have to go an d find this Suzuki one!

    1. Thanks, Pat. I thought it was but couldn't find any info.

  6. How neat to see the artist in paint!

  7. Lovely murals, pity about the tagging.


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