The Leslie Grove Youth Centre, affectionately known as ‘The Shack’, hosts five murals celebrating Article 25 of the UDHR:
Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for health and well-being.
The installation was created by participants of the Ralph Thornton Centre summer mural program in 2008 with the help of local artist Florin Zamfirescu.
The murals feature images of what the participants see as necessary to the health and well-being of a society: families, education, clean water, shelter, a thriving environment, peace. The images use a pastel palette of blues, pinks, greens, and purples to invoke a warm and inviting atmosphere. It is a lovely series of images that illustrate a very subtle concept. Health and well-being are difficult to convey visually, but the students have done a good job.
What is less well done is the lack of documentation on the installation. If you look at the photos from the unveiling, you can see the information about the UDHR and Article 25 written on the doors. Since that time, the doors have been repainted. Nowhere can you see any information about Amnesty International, the Urban Canvas Project or the artists who created the mural. It is frustrating because the purpose of this installation is to educate people about the UDHR and Article 25. The lack of context relegates these images to nothing more than pretty pictures on a wall as opposed to living concepts that affect people daily. These ideals are fundamental to our rights as Canadians and they need to be understood by everyone so that they can function as good citizens of the world. This is an important ongoing project that deserves so much better than this.
I sense another letter coming on.
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