In 2015, Wickeler revisted her mural to expand it to include images from the 2015 Pan Am/ParaPan games. At the time, excitement for the games was at a fever pitch and it made sense for the artist to return and incorporate modern sporting activities into the piece as well as differently-abled athletes. Images of mountain biking, water polo, archery, and kayaking were added, extending the image into the upper stories of the building while continuing the topographical theme for the backdrop of the piece. The athletes are painted in bright, vibrant colours in contrast to their vintage antecedents located lower down in the mural. It’s a nice contrast between the old and the new, driving home the modernity of the games.
Monica Wickeler is no stranger to large-scale installations. She has been painting murals and installations on the sides of buildings for approximately 15 years. She’s also worked as a pre-production and scenic painter for film and television productions. She has since developed a love for community-based art projects, creating works for Toronto Business Associations, the Pan Am / Para Pan Games, private property owners and for community or City events. Wickeler has also worked with the Toronto District School Board as part of its Artist in Residence program and mentors young artists.
According to Leonardo da Vinci, art is never finished, only abandoned, so it’s nice to see Wickeler return and expand her work. Maybe if Toronto is awarded the Commonwealth or Olympic Games, she will come back again, and add more athletes and sporting events until the entire wall is covered in feats of athletic glory.
Here’s a short video of Monica creating a mural for a private residence. Enjoy!