Monday, October 19, 2020

Monday Mural

 I'm linking up at Monday Mural

October 2020 - Toronto ON

A few weeks ago I posted a mural on the side of a gas station, Petro Canada, dedicated to frontline workers.

At the time, Andrew mentioned it was odd to see such a commercial location. It turned out that Phade,Jessey Pacho, negotiated a contract with the station to highlight his artwork. I also discovered that he had another gas station mural.

His inspiration was "one specific time, during the recent (2019 NBA) playoffs, that everyone in the city - regardless of nation, creed, political views or background - was united and connected."

Back in the car (safer than public transit these days) we happened upon these in Regent Park Plaza.

Click on this link The Faces of Regent Park by Dan Bergeron to see the story of the art and the installation in the park.
Here's another article about the installation including the actual people whose faces were used. And a Toronto Life article.

This permanent public artwork was commissioned by the City of Toronto. The twelve photo-based, mixed-media portraits depict residents from the newly revitalized neighbourhood, which has been transformed from a strictly social housing only neighbourhood, to a mixed use development with an even split of social housing and market rate units. The six double-sided laminated glass panels are each nine feet high by six feet wide and two-and-a-half inches thick and weigh 2000 pounds.

Aesthetically the work combines the familiarity of the human face with the distressed surfaces of aged architecture and infrastructure found in the urban environment. The graffiti tags have been meticulously rendered from actual markings found in the neighbourhood and act as representational signifiers of human presence on our streets, while the patterned effects symbolize the energy of human movement that give our cities their kinetic life. The vibrant and contrasting colours found within the backgrounds create a juxtaposition that helps to frame the black and white portraits, while simultaneously presenting the notion that we all stem from the same colourful tree.

The twelve subjects were not easy to pick. As a cross section, they represent everyone who has, does or will live in Regent Park. Their faces are the welcome home to residents, the hello to local and international visitors to the neighbourhood, and the ever-present gatekeepers who will keep watch over Regent Park and remind us that it is through our differences that we gain strength and through our personal relationships that we create community.

The park also includes an aquatic centre, these murals are on a community garden building.


  1. Great artworks, all of them, but the first is my fav. Must be nice to stroll by all of these.

  2. ...the faces of Regent Park are by far my favorites!

  3. The faces in Regent Park are fabulous! I love the use of colour and shapes, and I'm sure the neighbourhood will benefit from the public artwork.
    Thanks for participating in Monday Murals Debbie.

  4. Love those faces especially. It makes me want to go out and paint a wall in my town.

  5. Wonderful collection of murals! I love the faces.

    be well... mae at

  6. You found some incredible murals, Jackie. I wondered if that was graffiti tagged on the faces, or if they were created that way. These are beautiful, though.

  7. Looks like a very welcoming community

  8. uy buena sucesión de murales, todos ellos con unos buenos colores.

    Saludos desde España


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