Giant Black Lives Matter message painted on Kensington Market street

Jul 2 2020, 9:21 am

Local artists took to Kensington Market on Wednesday to paint the street red — and blue, and pink, and purple too — with a message of “Black Lives Matter.”

The artwork was created as part of a peaceful protest, according to organizers, and 16 artists participated in the project.

Now sprawling across Augusta Avenue, the message is bold and bright, with each letter serving as its own unique piece of art.

Several Instagram users snapped images of the display, and one drone videographer, Sukoon Sen, shot an unreal clip of the message from up above.

 

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“Yesterday on Canada’s national holiday we staged a peaceful protest in solidarity with the global [Black Lives Matter] movement. We occupied the main street in Toronto’s Kensington Market neighbourhood and had 16 artists paint out the letters of Black Lives Matter directly on the road,” one of the event’s organizers, Adeyemi Adegbesan, shared on Instagram.

Supported by the Kensington Market BIA and City Councillor Mike Layton, Adegbesan said the team of organizers were able to plan and execute the protest in less than a week.

Take a look through the photos below to see how the collective art piece turned out:

 

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