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: Temporary Exhibit
Artist: Suharu Ogawa
Artist Statement: Suharu Ogawa worked around the theme of 'homecoming' with the community coming back to the Pape Village as COVID-19 restrictions are slowly being lifted. Working with a round shape, Suharu decided to use this frame as a window. Once installed, the artist hopes people will stop to peek into the "window," feeling welcomed, seeing themselves reflected, and reconnecting to their community. Suharu also wanted a small homage to all the street cats! During the lockdown, outdoor activities were often limited to walking around the neighborhood. The artist remembers being greeted by so many cats in her neighborhood and given a sense of joy during those hard times. So, it's a small shout-out to those kitties!
The decals were placed along Pape Ave between Mortimer Ave and Gamble Ave.
About the BIA: Established in 1986, the Pape Village BIA represents over 80 businesses along Pape from Mortimer to Gamble. Strolling along Pape Avenue you can find all your day to day needs including shopping, dining, grocery, health care, fashion, bakeries and financial institutions.
The BIA works with the businesses, government and the local community to make Pape Village a good place to live, shop and do business by:
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.