TORONTO///STREET LIFE///DAN BERGERON TRANSFORMS REGENT PARK…

June 25, 2008  |  art, Blame Canada, Graffiti, News, Street Art, Toronto

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Neighborhood watch in FULL effect...

Established in the 1940s as a "transitional housing community," the Toronto, Ontario projects known as REGENT PARK are home to an incredibly ethnically diverse array of citizens with over half of the development's residents being immigrants. It is also the city's most youth-centric area as more than 50% of residents are children 18 years and younger (compared to a Toronto-wide average of 30%). With the neighborhood in the midst of a ten-year redevelopment plan begun in 2005, the "Luminato Streetscape Project" kicked off earlier this month to draw attention to the neighborhood via a series of high-profile onsite street art installations and workshops. In the words of project mouthpieces: "Large in scale, bold and beautiful in content, these transformed regions of Toronto will become an inspiration for public creativity, as cutting-edge contemporary art moves onto the streets in a celebration of colour and light." Most notable of these is the large-scale photo installation series by Toronto-based photographer DAN BERGERON who spent a month working with the project's residents, photographing them and then installing their portraits as giant wheatpaste posters on the dwelling's exterior walls. Locals were unusually cooperative in the project, welcoming visiting artists and assisting Bergeron in the series installation, and serving as neighborhood guides. HAVE A LOOK:

Photos by Joseph McLarty...

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