Wall wanted: Mural dreams crumble for Nunavut and Toronto teens
Project organizers desperate to find Toronto wall to paint after building owner pulls out
The organizers of a mural featuring young artists from Nunavut and Ontario are hoping someone will come forward with a wall after an unexpected change in plans.
On Sunday, the organizers were told they needed to look for a new wall for their mural.
Project hits a wall
The building they were counting on at King Street East and Jarvis Street was not available.
Thompson says they raised $60,000 in federal and provincial grants to bring the group of seven young artists together for, what he called, a "cultural handshake".
They believed the owner of the downtown Toronto building was fine with the mural going ahead.
But, that was not the case.
Joseph Favaro, who was liaising with the two organizers, told CBC News in an email that after the owner considered the possibility of a mural on the side of her building, she decided she did not want to have any artwork on her property.
Art on the line
Thompson and Hatanaka are now desperate to find a new location as soon as possible. The space should be visible, outdoor, public, and as flat as possible. Ideally, it would also measure about 10 by 14 metres.
If they fail in their search, it's young artists like Parr Etidloie from Cape Dorset who stands to lose the most. The mural is based on one of the sixteen year old's sketches.
"I heard some stories about my grandfather carrying a snowmobile and they told me to draw it," said the teenager. "And it worked out."
Toronto's Moises Frank will also be a part of the project. He is optimistic that someone else will come through with a wall.
As a graffiti artist, he wants the visiting teens to experience the creation of highly visible art.
"Just giving them the value and the worth of their own art, seeing it so big is pretty empowering," said Frank.
More information about the project can be found through the The Embassy of Imagination website.