TORONTO — A large-scale photo mural was unveiled on April 29 on the block-long west wall of the Westin Harbour Castle Convention Centre, on Toronto’s waterfront, the result of a partnership between the City of Toronto's StreetARToronto (StART), Partners In Art (PIA) and the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.
Following a $50,000 donation by Partners In Art, Winnipeg-based photographer Sarah Anne Johnson created an image, titled Best Beach, echoing the natural landscape lying just beyond the city’s edge.
Construction of the mural was completed in time for the start of the annual May CONTACT Festival and the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, to be held July 10 to 26.
The mural is located in a neighbourhood, near the foot of Bay Street, that includes popular tourist destinations such as the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal, Harbourfront Centre and what will be the heart of the Games.
Launched in 2012, StART is a public-private partnership designed to develop, support, promote and increase awareness of street art and its ability to beautify the city’s visual landscape.
PIA, founded in 2002, is a volunteer-based, not-for-profit corporation of Toronto art supporters dedicated to promoting the visual arts in Canada.