The BMO National Mural Series is a public art campaign in collaboration with STEPS, BMO Bank of Montreal and 17 Canadian artists. This project will bring new public art installations to 17 BMO branches from coast to coast that reflect themes of community, family and diversity.
Project Type: Permanent Exhibit
Artists: Gosia Komorski
Artist Assistants: Julia Amlin, Cindy Scaife, Shea Nemeth, Robert John Paterson, Kseniya Tsoy, Edan Maxam and Stoyan Barakov.
Together We Will Grow is the 3,500 square foot exterior mural made in collaboration with BMO and the Yonge and Eglinton community! With over 200 people who shared memories and insights on why they love their community, it was clear that the goal of the mural was to reflect the inclusivity of the neighbourhood. Each face represented in the mural is a person who has a strong connection in this area, be it a neighbour, friend or old colleague. Sunflowers were chosen as a natural element not only for its beauty, but also to represent a source of nourishment and health, and symbolize positivity by always turning towards the sun. The patterns throughout the mural also express the dynamic movement and continuous evolution of the area.
These works of art were made possible by BMO Bank of Montreal in collaboration with STEPS Public Art. BMO’s National Mural Series was designed to create opportunities to celebrate local communities and the people who live and visit them. By working with hyper local artists to design murals with meaning and impact specific to each location, BMO hopes to bring art to locations where artists and community members might not otherwise have an opportunity.
At BMO, we are proud to be partners in these communities, celebrate our customers, and support local artists. These beautiful pieces of art not only express BMO’s values and celebrate diversity they also provide opportunities to surprise and delight those visiting our branches. We look forward to expanding this program and curating many more murals in branches across Canada.