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“We Answer The Call”

On the side of the Bond Place Hotel (which is currently serving as a Dixon Hall shelter) at 65 Dundas Street East there resides a 28-storey-tall mural entitled We Answer The Call. This mural shines a spotlight on nurses nationwide. It amplifies their voices and depicts them at a scale that reflects their monumental impact on our country as a whole and our people as individuals.

The mural, created by artist collective OneDay Creative, depicts the diverse faces of four nurses looking out at the city’s skyline. Complementing the static image featured on the wall, and as a nod to the art and science in which the nursing profession is steeped, the mural also contains an augmented reality overlay, launched via QR code on mobile devices. The AR experience brings the nurses’ faces to life with voiceovers and links to stories from the front line and other Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) initiatives.

The work is acrylic on concrete and was created in 2021.

Art In Regent Park

It was a sunny day when I took a spin through a bit of the redeveloped Regent Park in downtown Toronto. Most noticeable in the new section is the art instalment. Toronto artist Dan Bergeron has captured the essence and character of the neighbourhood’s residents by featuring a cross-section of individuals in this piece entitled Faces Of Regent Park. The permanent installation consists of 12 large laminate glass portraits positioned around the entry plaza to Regent Park on the north side of Dundas Street.

In a Toronto Life article, Dan Bergeron says he began the project by photographing around 45 subjects, then narrowed the roster down to a dozen faces that he felt best represented the area’s diversity. He painted over the black and white photographs with swaths of colours, graffiti scrawls and patterns.

I wanted to use high-contrast hues because where the pieces are located in the plaza, the concrete is grey and the buildings are dark. I really wanted to make these bright pieces as a juxtaposition to the surroundings.

Artist Dan Bergeron

Faces Of Regent Park

Green Belt Mural

On my way out of the plaza I found these murals on the side of one of the community buildings

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