The artist responsible for our purloining heroine is Erica Balon who goes by the street name EGR. She has created numerous large-scale murals that have been featured on album covers, in music videos and in various publications. Her work was also included in the first ever street art exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum. She has created works throughout North America, Australia, UK, Brazil, and Italy.
Now this is where the work gets mysterious…
It would appear that the mural known as Journey to the West is only half of the original piece unveiled in 2010. From the videos I’ve seen of the event, both the east and the west walls bordering the alley were painted. The mural that took up part of the western wall has since been covered over with graffiti writing. Only a small piece of ERG’s original work remains.
I have been able to identify two artists that collaborated on the western side. They go by the street names Haul and Fabio. Unfortunately there isn’t a lot of information on these two artists online. And quite frankly I’m hesitant about giving them too much credit. While EGR’s work is easily identifiable, and she has claimed the piece as her own on her website, I can’t find the same attribution for Haul and Fabio. Even more distressing is that some of the names of the artists who worked on this mural have been chiselled off. I have no idea if Fabio and Haul are a part of Blinc’s crew of artists, or if they were outside collaborators.
I have no way of knowing if the changes to the alleyway are a legitimate cover up, or an act of vandalism, so I won’t be posting pictures. It’s disappointing because I like the new work. I think it is exceptionally well done. So I’m putting out the call. If you know the situation with the west wall, and what is going on with the rest of the installation, please let me know. If it’s not vandalism but a legitimate cover up, I would love to feature it.
In the meantime we at least can enjoy Journey West.