Annual three-day event celebrates contemporary muralism and public art.
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It’s been a while since we’ve had something beautiful to enjoy but with weather improving and restrictions loosening up, the place to be in the city is Yorkville.
Yorkville Murals debuted a couple weeks back, giving the community something new to set their sights on.
Partnering up with local artists, not to mention local businesses, it allows for an immersive experience, whether you’re trying not to trip as you take in the stunning mural that spans 120 feet of Bellair St., or enjoying a double macchiato at Coco Espresso Bar, where owner Raffaele Bettalico told the Sun that the artwork creates a nice vibe and has also been good for business.
The giant floor mural called “Generally Speaking” was created by NYC artist Nina Chanel Abney and curated by Ashley McKenzie-Barnes. The message of the mural not only explores love and peace and unity, but also racism and violence.
The project hopes to inspire “sentiments of joy and hope” and asks passersby to “stop” for a moment of consideration.
Toronto’s Yorkville Murals, in partnership with ArtworxTO, is an annual three-day event that celebrates contemporary muralism and public art.
The self-guided experience takes place from Sept. 24-26, and will include artist installations, speaker panels, and movie screenings.
“We’ve established Yorkville Murals as a highly-anticipated annual event that brings people together through public art and evokes positive emotion within the community.” said Alan Ganev, Director of Yorkville Murals and Taglialatella Galleries in a release. “It’s incredibly rewarding for us to have the opportunity to safely continue the festival this year and create vibrant new works and initiatives throughout the neighbourhood.”
Abney’s thought-provoking mural will remain through November.