Strawberries and dandelions mural picked for YES Shelter
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.