This world-renowned 32-storey mural, produced in collaboration with artist Sean Martindale and the Toronto Muralists, transformed a 32-storey residential tower into a vertical canvas for the world’s tallest mural, receiving numerous honours since its production.
Project Type: Permanent Exhibit
Artist: Sean Martindale & Toronto Muralists
About the project: This was STEPS Public Art’s first mural! This 32-storey mural, which transformed a Toronto Community Housing residential tower into a vertical canvas for the world’s tallest, was the culmination of a year of work together. STEPS engaged with artist Sean Martindale and had ten local young people on urban planning issues and encouraged them to think critically about the impact that they could have on their own community.
The design incorporates a phoenix, representative of rebirth and the resilience of the St. James Town community. Meanwhile, themes of diversity, accessibility, safety, happiness and other aspects of local culture were painted into the mural’s lower sections by community members. Toronto artist Sean Martindale facilitated the mural’s design, and the mural’s upper sections were painted by the Toronto Muralists.
This mural was produced in partnership with StART (StreetARToronto), Toronto Community Housing and St. James Town Community Corner