The art program operated by the City of Toronto that I’m most excited about exploring this year is the StreetARToronto Underpass Program. Launched back in 2015 and operating under the auspices of the StreetARToronto, StART UP not shares the same aims with its sister program to beautify and enrich neighbourhoods by using street art, but also looks to improve the city’s underpasses to make them safe, walkable, and visually appealing.
The examples I’ve seen so far are stunning.
What makes this project so appealing to me is the challenge of it. StART artists have a wide expanse of wall to work with; StART Up artists don’t have that luxury. The winning artists have to design their installation using an angled t-shaped structure as a canvas, work in three dimensions while keeping in mind that the imagery has to celebrate the neighbourhood’s diverse cultural character and history.
This is no small feat!
And from what I’ve seen so far, these artists are nailing it. I’m blown away.
If you are an artist interested in creating a StART UP installation, the City of Toronto is now taking applications for the 2017 roster. The application deadline is Monday February 27, 2017 at 4:30pm. The city only does 5 to 8 StART Up installations a year, so the competition is going to be fierce.
The title for this piece is a lyric from Bizarre Love Triangle, written by Gillian Gilbert, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris and Bernard Sumner. It was recorded by New Order and released in 1986.