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Photo: Sharon Mendonca

A new public art installation that promotes mental health and well-being was recently unveiled in Toronto’s west end. Named The Renaissance of Mother Gaia, the mural by acclaimed Toronto artist Jacquie Comrie re-imagines an exterior wall at the northeast corner of Dupont and Dufferin streets, across from the Galleria on the Park master-planned community.

The expansive development by ELAD Canada is situated on the site of the former Galleria Mall, and is in the midst of transforming into a 20-acre mixed-use community with new residences, a pedestrian mews with retail spaces, a 95,000-square-foot community centre and a brand new eight-acre park.

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The artwork’s kaleidoscope of colour reflects the ongoing transformation of the area and draws from the world of colour psychology, with a palette selected to bring hope, happiness and healing during a tumultuous year.

“My work has always been inspired by colour and the incredible impact it has on our wellness and mental health,” said Comrie. “It’s been a difficult year across the world and now more than ever, I wanted to create a space for people to take a break, nurture themselves and experience the healing power of colour.”

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Photo: Sharon Mendonca

The public art project was spearheaded by ELAD Canada, which approached the STEPS Initiative with the goal of supporting a local public art organization with strong ties to Toronto’s cultural community. STEPS is one of Canada’s leading charitable public arts organizations, creating over 250 public art plans, installations and engagement strategies across the country over the last 10 years. The team also collaborated with NEXT Plumbing Hydronics Supply to host the mural on their building’s west exterior wall.

“At ELAD Canada, we’re strong believers in the limitless potential of the arts to animate and enhance our communities,” said Dror Duchovny, VP Asset Management and Marketing at ELAD Canada. “Galleria on the Park will be a vibrant and inclusive place to live with incredible amenities for everyone, and we recognize that public art installations are a vital part of this experience.”

“We’re proud to engage with local artists like Jacquie Comrie, and to unveil her stunning mural during this challenging time when we could all benefit from a little colour and positive energy.”

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Photo: Sharon Mendonca

ELAD Canada plans to continue working with the STEPS Initiative as construction progresses at Galleria on the Park. The next project will be to transform the hoarding that surrounds the site.

“Public art transforms space, brings people together and creates community,” said Alexis Kane Speer, Executive Director, STEPS Initiative. “Our city is a canvas and we’re looking forward to continuing to transform Toronto’s west end with ELAD Canada.”

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Now in registration, Galleria III Condos is the community’s latest phase. The 31-storey building stands as the gateway into the community and features a flatiron design by Hariri Pontarini Architects.

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Inside, sophisticated interiors by DesignAgency include a double-height lobby with curved walls and arches, contemporary furnishings, and luxurious finishes like leather and wood, paired with cozy seating areas and custom artwork. Other amenities include a large co-working space equipped with semi-private desks and meetings room, a social lounge with a fireplace and billiards, and a fully-equipped fitness centre with a yoga room, spin studio and meditation room. Residents will also have access to plenty of outdoor amenities like an elevated swimming pool area, complete with cabanas and sweeping views of the neighbourhood.

To learn more about Galleria III, register online for the latest updates and priority status.

For more information, email info@galleriaonthepark.com or call 416 486 9666.

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