Artists Ryan Dineen and Dan Bergeron Create Text-Based Mural

New community ‘rising up’ in the area

Bloor West Villager
By Lisa Rainford

There’s a new mural in Davenport Village.

Painted by artists Ryan Dineen and Dan Bergeron, the vibrant, text-based mural found on the west wall of the CP train bridge on Lansdowne Avenue, just north of Dupont Street, references the American writer and essayist Flannery O’ Connor’s collection of short stories called ‘Everything That Rises.’

IMG_1592A“This phrase is a perfect fit for the new community that is being constructed at Lansdowne and Dupont – it’s literally rising up,” Bergeron told The Villager. “The location of the mural also features a sidewalk that rises and the general area around the mural is the beginning of a steep rise from Dupont to St Clair.”

Davenport Road is also where the water of the former Lake Iroquois coastline, now Lake Ontario, rose to, Bergeron added.

The mural was financially supported by Street Art Toronto and commissioned by the non-profit group, The Public Realm, with support from the Davenport Village Community Association and Davenport Councillor Cesar Palacio.

An unveiling ceremony took place Saturday, Nov. 7, north of the Dupont rail line on the west side of Lansdowne Avenue. Participants had the chance to speak to the councillor, the artists and the residents’ association about the ongoing changes in the neighbourhood.

“We’d pushed hard to have this dark space transformed into something a little more vibrant and are thrilled with the result,” Davenport Village Community Association President Matt Park said. “Dan Bergeron did a great job.”

The mural, Bergeron said, “captures the new energy” that’s coming to the area.

“People are excited that this neighbourhood is changing,” Bergeron, a Corso Italia area resident, said.

The mural was painted over the course of a two-week period in late October. Bergeron and Dineen would work when it wasn’t too cold or raining. The piece’s 3D text points to the new residential developments being built in the neighbourhood and the graphic lines in the background represent “the kinetic energy of the new residents moving into the community,” Bergeron said.

“The graphic lines can also represent the flux of housing prices in Toronto,” he added.

Bergeron has completed several projects across the city, including the AGO, the ROM, MOCCA and in the past spring, a permanent piece commissioned by The City of Toronto in Regent Park. Bergeron, 40, has been an artist since he was 18. The one-time skateboarder said he drew inspiration from the activity.

“As a skateboarder, you look at public spaces differently than a pedestrian. You’re looking to interact with public spaces,” he said.

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