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West Queen West Business Improvement Area (BIA) in Toronto is decorating its street planters with contemporary art from artists around the world. The City of Toronto, through its‘StART’ program, has designated number of planters to be decorated with artwork. A call went out for artists to submit their work and then the final 4 were chosen. A great project for all as it gives artists the opportunity to display their work.
Art by Shalak Attack
The art was applied using the Tattoowall. The application was tricky as the planters weren’t sealed initially, allowing water to seep through. We sealed them and then applied the Tattoowall. This was done in August 2013, and during the very severe winter that followed there were no problems and the images are still sharp.
Art by Bruno Smoky
The goal is to create a vibrant public gallery of contemporary art on street level in West Queen West with art from around the world. BIA Executive Director for West Queen West, Rob Sysak, was instrumental in having this initiative passed from the BIA. Thanks also go to Stefanos Lialias, Street Art Showcase Executive Director and Producer.
Art by Joel Richardson
The images on the planters receive a protective anti-graffiti coating and a QR Code to direct people to an information page on our website.
Art by Daniel Bombardier
Note how the Tatoowall goes into the substrate of the planters and looks like it was painted on. There is no seam, no edge and the image has actually become a fresco. This is patented technology from Italy and is like no other.
The contemporary art selected represents a variety of genres from illustrations, stencil, graffiti writing, wheat paste, muralists, etc.