Large wall mural unveils in Scarborough
Oct. 25, 2019
Global Korean Post
Mayor John Tory was joined by representatives from Toronto Community Housing (TCHC) and East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club, as well as lead artist Amir Akbari and other members of the local community to officially unveil the largest community-painted mural in Scarborough.
The huge wall mural, called Susan Street, spans the side of a 14-storey TCHC residential building at 3847 Lawrence Ave. E. The mural honours and represents all the women and caregivers in the community who work hard to support and maintain a healthy community where children have opportunities to grow and thrive.
Lead artist Amir Akbari immigrated to Canada in 1990 as a refugee and grew up in government-assisted housing. To complete the work, he enlisted supporting street artists Leyland Adams and Sentooran Kannathasan, who he also mentored throughout the project. Guidance and input were sought from neighbourhood residents who contributed to the final mural concept. Work on the mural began this summer and was completed in late September.
The Susan Street mural was funded as part of the StART Partnership Program. This is the third project by the East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club that has been supported by the program. Murals were also painted at 4301 Kingston Rd. and at 4205 Lawrence Ave. E.