For weeks, global street artist Phlegm rappelled daily off a 12-storey building at Yonge and St. Clair, painting one of Toronto’s largest murals.
He put the finishing touches on it on Wednesday.
From a distance, the mural looks like a human figure in a fetal position.
But if you look closely, you’ll find characteristic landmarks that make up Toronto within the details, including the St. Lawrence Market, the Royal Ontario Museum, the CN Tower, and a variety of green spaces.
The design celebrates Toronto’s identity and new-found confidence, and is a metaphor for the living, breathing nature of the city.
It comes at a time of revitalization for the Yonge and St. Clair neighbourhood, which had seemed to lose its lustre in recent years. The mural decorates a building that sits on one of the highest points in the city.
Phlegm teamed up with STEPS – a charitable public arts initiative – for the initiative, which took a year to come to fruition. The City of Toronto funded the project.
One thing’s for sure: it’s a reason to venture north of Bloor for some prime social media material.