Growing Strong

Varna and Ranee Ave, Toronto ON

STEPS has partnered for the second time with Heights Development Inc., and Toronto Community Housing Corporation, to bring a temporary community mural to the construction hoarding on the site of the future Yorkdale II Condominiums. Led by artistic facilitator and mural artist Shalak Attack, the 860 sq ft work was conceived and created with to integral contributions from local emerging youth artists from Lawrence Heights and Neptune.

The work includes concepts that were contributed by local residents sharing their experiences of the community. The mural’s design references local strengths, including diversity, referenced through both natural and metaphorical elements: a bird leaving its nest and spreading its wings; a Tree of Life growing deep roots with strong intertwined branches; as well as a range of vibrant flora and fauna. Incorporated themes of coming of age and overcoming struggle, related to local experiences, are also reflected here. The colourful scene, full of life and buzzing with activity, celebrates the resiliency and the values of Lawrence Heights and Neptune.

About Our Partner

To be installed in Spring 2018, Lawrence Heights is Toronto Community Housing’s largest Revitalization project and almost double the size of Regent Park. Through Revitalization, this 100-acre site (40.5-hectares) south of Yorkdale Shopping Centre will be transformed into a vibrant, mixed-income community. Heights Development Inc, a partnership between Context and Metropia, has been selected to manage the revitalization of Phase 1. Expected to be complete in 2021, this will include the replacement of 233 Toronto Community Housing units, the addition of 824 private market units, along with the creation of new public parks and new retail.