Fri. Jan 21st, 2022

The city of Toronto is planning an eight-story mural to commemorate Canadian hero Terry Fox.

The landmark mural will be painted on the north side of 500 University Avenue, at the U of T’s Rehabilitation Sciences Institute. The location was chosen as it was on the trail Terry ran through the city during his Marathon of Hope in 1980.

ArtworxTO and StreetARToronto initiatives as well as the University of Toronto and The Legacy Project have all joined forces to complete the project.

Several Toronto artists such as Alexander Bacon, Que Rock, Christiano De Araujo, Keitha Keeshig-Tobias, Jason Pinney and Jarus were selected to submit design concepts to the mural.

The designs can be viewed online until October 31, when the community is encouraged to share feedback on the concepts.

An intergenerational advisory committee, including Terry Fox’s brother Darrell Fox and his niece Jessie Adler, will consider each design concept and community feedback and will select the final design to be painted in the summer of 2022.

“Terry Fox’s legacy as a role model is eternal, and no matter which mural is chosen, it will be a fitting tribute in Toronto to the legacy of a great Canadian. I look forward to seeing the finished mural – an incredible contribution to ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021-2022 – next summer, ”said Mayor John Tory in a press release from the city.

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