Let’s face it, there are times when the world can seem a little bleak and colourless. That doesn’t mean the buildings that surround us have to be. Take Cask Music for example. Located at the corner of Pape Avenue and Queen Street, Cask is situated in what would otherwise be a drab little corner of the world were it not for a bright, beautiful mural. Exactly what was needed to liven the area up.
Cask’s owner, Steve Witt, stated in an interview with goodhood.ca that he felt his store was getting overlooked because of its bleak exterior: “From the west, we had a large blank brown — and frankly, very ugly — wall. Travelling from that direction, the whole corner is pretty busy and I felt Cask was getting lost in the noise“. With a fresh coat of blue paint to the front of the store, the question remained: what to do with that ugly brown wall?
Cue local artist Jimmy Chiale with the solution. He would paint a two-part mural to cover the 12’ by 30’ foot expanse of ugly brown paint.
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