This project is part of I HeART Main Street, a program supporting Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) with the support they need to activate their main streets through public art and placemaking. This program engages BIAs, local artists and businesses across Ontario to create more vibrant and safe communities.
Project Type: Permanent Exhibit
Artist: Andre Castro
Artist Statement: "Schooling of Fish" is an abstract representation of a swimming school of fish reflecting union and work in the same direction towards the goodwill of a community. This intricate pattern is based on the environment and Castro’s experience in Mount Pleasant Village.
The poles can be found along Mount Pleasant Rd. between Eglinton Ave E. and Davisville Ave on both sides of the street.
The Mount Pleasant Village BIA worked with Andre Kan and Andre Castro, as well as the following 35 other artists: Andrea Rodriguez, Karen Roberts, Melika Saeeda, Naz Nahidi, Patty Wilkinson, Sydney Madia, Samantha Roe, Ted Hamer, Caitlin Taguibao, Wenting Li, Raymond Vidal, Anya Mielniczek, Asli Alin, Chrissy Kuiack, Julia Prajza, Si Yuan (Victor) Wei, Mazur, Robin Hesse, Talie Shalmon, Jeff Stirling, Yen Linh Thai, Jieun Kim, Yasaman Mehrsa, Joan Lee, Ghazaleh Rastgar, Marg Cresswell, Poulad Pirouzi (Esky Zadeh), Andy Schmidt, Brandon Baghaee, Kamila Love, Julia Antohi, Natalie Very B., Alejandra Paton, Jim Thierry Bravo and Curtia Wright to bring their activation to life.
About the BIA: Established officially in 2008, the Mount Pleasant Village BIA is Midtown Toronto’s #1 shopping destination with nearly 200 shops and services here to keep you and your family healthy, happy, and stylish all year round! Come and discover your village! We are located in the heart of Midtown Toronto, along the old-town strip of Mount Pleasant Road from Eglinton to Davisville Avenues.
Thank you to our additional supporters!
I HeART Main Street, presented in partnership with RBC Royal Bank and ShowLoveTO produced by the City of Toronto, is generously supported by the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative funded by the Government of Canada, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, funding provided by the Government of Ontario.