In 2007, City of Toronto
Councillor Howard Moscoe
integrating public art into street improvements on Bathurst Street, south of
Lawrence Avenue. City funding was allocated to the project and Mural Routes
was engaged to coordinate and guide the project.
Cristina Delago was chosen as the mosaic artist through an RFP and Jury
process to create the artwork. She worked closely with filmmaker Arnie
Lipsey to select the images from his animated film "Almonds and Wine" to tell
a story in
worked for five months in her studio using a base of cement panels and a mix
of porcelain tiles, glass and handcrafted porcelain pieces to depict the
animated film in colourful mosaic. The panels were installed by the artist
with a professional team on site in two days. Once in place, the panels were
grouted and received a final coat of sealer.
August 15, 2010, Councillor Howard Moscoe invited members of the community
to participate in the unveiling of the beautification project. It was a
moving moment when the covers were removed to reveal the lovely, mosaic art
to see a slideshow of the mural on the day of unveiling.