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The late doc­u­men­tary film­maker Rob Ste­wart’s life­long mis­sion to de­fend the ocean and all of its in­hab­i­tants was cel­e­brated at last month’s un­veil­ing of a public mu­ral made pos­si­ble by the City of Toronto’s StreetARToronto (StART) pro­gram. The 37-year-old passed away ear­lier this year in a scuba div­ing in­ci­dent in Florida. The mu­ral, by Toronto-based artists Birdo and GETSO, was un­veiled Sept. 9 at Bed­ford Road and Prince Arthur Av­enue. Mayor John Tory at­tended along­side Ste­wart’s par­ents, Sandy and Brian Ste­wart (right), his sis­ter Alexan­dra Ste­wart and MP Rob Oliphant (left). The mu­ral por­trays the North York na­tive in a peace­ful un­der­wa­ter scene, swim­ming with the crea­tures he aimed to pro­tect. It was cre­ated us­ing Ste­wart’s pho­tog­ra­phy and film still frames. The Dakuwaqa Pro­ject, in con­junc­tion with PangeaSeed Foun­da­tion and their Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans pro­gram, will paint a se­ries of public mu­rals around the globe to keep Ste­wart’s voice and legacy alive. Two other mu­rals have al­ready been painted in his name: one in Napier, N.Z., and the other in Mi­ami, Fla.

SAVE THE SHARKS Mayor John Tory stands in front of the An­nex mu­ral with Rob Ste­wart’s fam­ily.

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