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This Toronto artist transforms graffiti into vivid 3D sculptures

Brian Leitch has built the world's largest graffiti sculpture and made Drake a custom ping pong table — and now he's on a KWEST to bring TRUTH to Nuit Blanche.

Brian Leitch is on a KWEST to bring TRUTH to Nuit Blanche

He's on a KWEST to bring TRUTH to Nuit Blanche. 4:00

He's built the largest graffiti sculpture in the world, cut apart Michael Jordan shoes to make a winged sculpture and he even built Drake a custom ping pong table — but you likely don't know his name. Brian Leitch, better known as KWEST, has been a multimedia artist and graffiti sculptor producing art installations and custom projects for over two decades.

Born in Toronto, Brian was adopted two days after birth. His new family introduced him to a world of architecture and woodworking, essentially teaching him how to move an idea from a conceptual drawing on a sheet of paper to a fully-formed three dimensional object.

KWEST getting his "TRUTH" sculpture ready for Nuit Blanche. (CBC Arts)

As he got older, his journey to find himself led him to travel North America on trains, adopting his KWEST alias and leaving his tags along the way. Inspired by objects he would encounter in different cities, he began to experiment with weathered textiles ranging from wood and rail ties, to his most recent piece which incorporates discarded clothing.

Partnering with H&M, Brian is creating one of the most meaningful pieces of his career for this year's Nuit Blanche in Toronto called TRUTH. A collaboration between Brian and OVO's Noah "40" Shebib, the piece promises to be an interactive multisensory experience. You can check out the final piece at Yonge and Dundas Square on the night of Saturday, September 30.

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About the Author

Lucius Dechausay

Lucius Dechausay is a video producer at CBC Arts, as well as a freelance illustrator and filmmaker. His short films and animations have been screened at a number of festivals including The Toronto International Film Festival and Hot Docs. Most recently he directed KETTLE, which is currently streaming at CBC Short Docs.

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