On September 15, 2019, a large wall mural near Yonge and Charles Streets was officially unveiled by Toronto Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson along with Peter Feldmann, Mayor of Frankfurt, German artist Justus Becker and representatives of the Toronto Parking Authority and Goethe-Institute. The new mural, created as part of the StART 2019 Mural Exchange project, celebrates the long relationship between Toronto and Frankfurt.
After finishing the design, it took more than six days to paint and complete the mural. All the work was carried out by Becker with support from local artists Alexander Bacon, Quentin Rockford, Christina Mazzulla and Kyla Buium.
The landscape of each city appears in the reflection of the sunglasses on the mural and illustrates the special friendship of the two cities for the past 30 years.
The Toronto Parking Authority provided a part of a Green P parking garage for the mural to be painted, and this wall is visible from Yonge Street.
The 2019 Mural Exchange project by StreetARToronto (StART) is a City of Toronto program that works to showcase the work of local artists on an international scale. As part of this exchange, a Toronto street artist will travel to Frankfurt to collaborate with German artists and create a new mural celebrating the two cities’ longstanding relationship.
“Public art brings people together and breaks down barriers. This new mural by German artist Justus Becker binds together Frankfurt and Toronto from across an ocean and reinforces how international perspectives can strengthen our local communities.”– Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson (Councillor Ward 21 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the Economic and Community Development Committee
“Diversity is what Frankfurt and Toronto hold in common, and that very much influenced my concept. The vibrant and colourful pallet represents the diversity of people in Toronto and the fingerprint represents the idea that each one of us has an impact in our society.”– Justus Becker, lead artist
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