A colourful 10-storey mural has popped up in the north end of Toronto

Nov 21 2019, 7:50 am

An otherwise grey neighbourhood in the city’s north end has received a brush of new life with the addition of a colourful 10-storey mural.

Located at 1 St. Clair East Avenue, the towering mural was completed by Toronto street artist Jerry Rugg, aka birdO, who’s known for his surrealist yet playful style.

The mural depicts a deer, playing reference to its location in Deer Park, and birdO’s signature geometric patterns and bold pops of colour.

The 5,200 sq. ft. mural is part of a new series of commissions through the StreetARToronto Monumental Program, which pairs local street artists with property owners to create significant mural artworks throughout the city.

This stunning piece is the latest step in a larger revitalization effort at Yonge and St. Clair being spearheaded by Slate Asset Management.

“StreetARToronto strives to support local street artists through a thoughtful career development ladder driven approach that seeks to advance artistic talent through a variety of project scales,” said Randy McLean, manager of Neighbourhood Projects, Transportation Services in a statement.

“StART has worked with birdO since the program’s inception in 2012 and has proudly supported many of his increasingly ambitious mural-based endeavours.”

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BirdO/Riley Snelling

BirdO/Riley Snelling

Mural/Riley Snelling