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Love Letters to the Great Lakes Mural
March 15 @ 5:58 pm - March 19 @ 5:58 pm
The public mural commission at Bent 53 uses bright colour to mark the grand majesty of the Lake of shining water while its iconography brings awareness to the vulnerability of the underwater life within Lake Ontario.
The imagery features the Red Side Dace, an endangered native fish species, as sparse, tiny and defenseless in comparison to the thriving Hydrilla an invasive aquatic plant. The scale brings to the forefront a concern of a growing inbalance within the ecosystem in lake Ontario.
At the base of the pillars the eggs of the native fish are glowing, showing that there is hope and that solutions exist to reverse the patterns that are threatening the future vitality of this essential water resource.
The blue tones are softened along the top of the structure, flowing all around the angles of the bent, enhancing a sense of wonder and curiosity for the life-giving body of fresh water. The tones of grey point to the growing concern for the Combined Sewer Overflow that pollutes the harbour during heavy rainfall, most prominently at the Bathurst Quay. The layering of colour and textures illustrate the cycle and the immense power of the water, its scale and sprawling complexity; like the journey of the Garrison Creek who lies underneath.
About Love Letter Projects
Love Letters to the Great Lakes is an evolving public art and community project focused on giving voice to the Lakes. The projects seek to beautify neighbourhoods, galvanize community and stimulate a broader public awareness of the critical issues facing the unique natural resource of the Great Lakes.
Love Letter Projects is a collective of creatives, community organizers, activists and visionaries, working hard to elevate the impact, quality, reach and relevance of fresh-water vitality efforts. We work to encourage feelings of love, empathy and stewardship in the public toward the Lakes and encourage personal action toward water protection.
About Olivier Bonnard
Montreal visual artist and muralist Olivier Bonnard is a regular contributor to the Love Letter Projects and SeaWalls. He takes risks to be creative and reveal his truth through painting. A fast-rising artist, Olivier Bonnard’s work can be found across the globe. Exploring every corner of his imagination, the painter’s surrealist narrative and appreciation for detail has no limits, the layering of texture and narrative creates long-lasting impressions. Olivier Bonnard practices painting, sculpture, illustration and animation. www.olivierbonnard.com