Straw­ber­ries and dan­de­lions mu­ral picked for YES Shel­ter

The Peterborough Examiner - - News - EX­AM­INER STAFF

A new down­town mu­ral will be painted this fall on the out­side of the YES Shel­ter for Youth and Fam­i­lies on Brock St.

Toronto artists An­drea Man­ica and Caitlin Taguibao were the artists se­lected for the project af­ter the city is­sued a call for pro­pos­als from artists.

A to­tal of 26 pro­pos­als were sub­mit­ted, and the one from Man­ica and Taguibao was se­lected by a com­mit­tee.

The paint­ing will cover the en­tire east-fac­ing brick fa­cade of YES at 196 Brock St.

The com­po­si­tion will fea­ture straw­berry plants and dan­de­lions in dif­fer­ent stages of life; it’s meant to sym­bol­ize the way peo­ple can grow and change.

The to­tal project bud­get is $20,000, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease from City Hall, and it’s be­ing funded en­tirely by the city.

In the re­lease, the artists ex­plain the sym­bol­ism of their de­sign.

“The dan­de­lion can of­ten be seen grow­ing be­tween cracks in the side­walk, in aban­doned in­dus­trial spaces and abun­dantly on the sides of roads. Some­times con­sid­ered a pesky plant, we would like to in­stead cel­e­brate the re­silience of its growth and rec­og­nize the many nur­tur­ing and medic­i­nal prop­er­ties it holds,” de­scribed Man­ica and Taguibao.

“Also fea­tured is the straw­berry plant, the first fruit of the On­tario sea­son and a sym­bol of birth. When view­ing our mu­ral, we hope the take­away is a sense of joy and play­ful­ness— that re­fresh­ing feel­ing you get when you bite into a straw­berry.”

The staff at the shel­ter looks for­ward to hav­ing the piece, stated Mea­gan La Plante, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of YES .

“We were drawn to An­drea and Caitlin’s com­mit­ment to cel­e­brat­ing re­silience under chal­leng­ing cir­cum­stances, some­thing that we see in the youth and fam­i­lies we serve ev­ery sin­gle day,” she stated.

The city’s Pub­lic Art Pro­gram pro­duces con­tem­po­rary art­work to en­hance pub­lic spaces through­out the city.


The straw­berry plants and dan­de­lions con­cept for the planned Down­town Mu­ral Project at the YES Shel­ter for Fam­i­lies and Youths.

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