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Wilson Heights, Part 3: Yorkdale Murals

This is the third and last instalment of a 3-part post focusing on some of the murals and artwork in the Wilson Heights area of the city. Here, we visit some community artwork just outside of Yorkdale Mall.

These murals were created several years ago and I’m afraid that time and tide have taken a toll on many of them as they are quite faded and fragmented. The murals can be found on the outside of the north subway entrance into Yorkdale Mall.

I couldn’t find too much information on this particular Art Start project; the listed website on the murals is no longer active. I did, however, source some information on the Art Starts organization in general, courtesy of their website.

Art Starts is a program benefiting thousands of people living in marginalized Toronto neighbourhoods by providing a safe, supportive and inclusive environment for self-expression and creative collaboration.

The organization affords opportunities for vulnerable people of all ages to contribute to the creative ecology of their neighbourhoods, using the arts to help end the negative cycles associated with marginalization and poverty.

Art Starts nurtures local talent, beautifies public spaces and provides safe, inclusive environments for self-expression and collaboration.

I believe many of the subjects in these murals were the actual artists from the neighbourhood.

Wilson Heights, Part 2: Wilson Station South Exit

This is the second instalment of a 3-part post focusing on some of the murals and artwork in the Wilson Heights area of the city.

There is a newly developed area on the south side of Wilson Avenue called – strangely enough – Southside. This area has a very colourful subway station entrance and tunnel.

South entrance of Wilson subway station, west side
Artwork created by street artist Shalak Attack, the same artist who created the Allen Road underpass art on Wilson Avenue

Murals in the South Entrance of Wilson Subway Station

South entrance of Wilson subway station, east side

Next post: Wilson Heights, Part 3: Yorkdale Murals

Wilson Heights, Part 1: Wilson Station Exit to Wilson Avenue

This is a 3-part post focusing on some of the murals and artwork in the Wilson Heights area of the city.

First up are the Wilson subway station murals. These murals are located on Wilson Avenue under the Allen Road underpass, at the south exit of the Wilson subway station. There are 40 pillars of artwork, created by street artist Shalak Attack and her collaborator Bruno Smoky. The colour of the artwork certainly gives a lift to an otherwise drab, depressing part of the city.

North Side of Wilson Avenue

Crossing Wilson Avenue to shoot murals on the south side of the Allen Road underpass, I took this shot to highlight why a bit of colour is appreciated in this part of town

South Side of Wilson Avenue

Next post: Wilson Heights, Part 2: Wilson Station South Exit

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