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Eagerly watching out her Queen West office window as graffiti artists work away at the notoriously vandalized sound barrier, Noa Knows The Reclamation Project deserves the spotlight. At the request of Metrolinx, nearby property developers, and community, a team of Canadian artists and community arts workers have been assembled to organize and coordinate this monumental located at Queen West and Dufferin alongside the Metrolinx rail tracks, making it Canada’s largest graffiti mural!
The mural incorporates artists of different styles, community volunteers and local arts organizations in efforts to create a historical installation that represents and preserves Toronto’s street art scene in its current state.
Exemplifying Toronto’s love for street art, The Reclamation Project proves just how important City funded arts projects are to our local communities. So, the next time you’re walking by the Gladstone, make sure you check out the mural happenings and give TO some props for helping Canada’s largest graffiti mural exist–we’re going to need to show diligent support if we want to see any more projects like this in the future.
Andi Larocca is the Gladstone’s copywriter who also knows patios. Before patio season officially comes to a close she recommends checking out these spots:
1. Beast Patio
Andi recommends the post work happy hour at this relaxing and intimate patio.
2. Bar Neon
Andi says this new kid on the block is “just awesome,” and recommends the $1 oyster specials.
Andi likes the owner’s mustache and probably some other things too.
Designed by artists Kelly Palmer and Melanie Zanker, Room 413 Combo Moderna is a contemporary retreat embracing the comfort of a seemingly worn 19th century hotel room tattered by time with misplaced modern day objects that appear to be off course from another era.
Revealing historical periods in a series of layers via hand painted patterned walls by Kelly Palmer and custom built furniture by Melanie Zanker’s, Combo Moderna spans the ages. Inspired by wallpaper from the 1800′s to present Palmer’s hand painted surfaces appear as if the paper has peeled away decade by decade while Zanker’s furniture explores various designs throughout history encapsulated in one or two distinct pieces.