DUKE Beautified – Mural at the Junction

The Junction just became a little more beautiful.


At the Junction Summer Solstice Festival, TAS was pleased to welcome artists from PATCH (Public Art Through Construction Hoarding) who created a beautiful mural along the fence of the DUKE Condos construction site. Starting with a blank plywood canvas, artists Nick Sweetman and Ashton Shearer created a mural that celebrates the culture and history of the neighborhood. It depicts the Junction as its own unique community with the Toronto skyline as it’s background. Festival-goers were invited to participate in the mural as they passed by, helping to transform the artists’ design into a painted image using brushes and stencils.

PATCH is a team composed of urban planners, architects, and professional artists, who primarily work to transform the hoarding around construction sites into sites of public art. PATCH is in turn a project of the STEPS Initiative, which sponsors several public space ARTivism projects. These are activities that engage citizens to change their local environment and build community through art. TAS happily sponsored this particular mural art initiative at the DUKE condos site, providing the space, the plywood, and funds to transform part of the space into a local work of art. It was also created in partnership with the Neighborhood Arts Network, an initiative of the Toronto Arts Foundation, who served as a liaison between the Junction BIA & The Patch Project.

In preparation for the installation of a sturdier fence (construction starting soon!), TAS is working with STEPS and the Junction BIA to find a new home for this beautiful piece. Keep your eyes peeled for the new location.