Rappelling off a 12-storey building at Yonge and St. Clair, Phlegm created a bold artistic statement to launch the once-iconic neighbourhood’s massive revitalization.
Elegant and complex in shape of a human form, the mural is a metaphor for the living, breathing nature of the city and emergence of soon-to-be-revived Yonge and St. Clair. Set to undergo an explosion of rapid change, the transformed area will see unified public realm improvements, architectural facelifts of the intersection’s buildings, new retail and engaging public signage.
Inspired by the communities that make up the neighbourhood, the design was informed by a series of community consultations. the organization canvassed area workers, residents and businessowners, asking what Yonge and St. Clair means to them. Weaving the feedback into the mural’s aesthetic, Phlegm created a work authentically reflecting the neighbourhood.
Phlegm is an illustrator and street artist whose distinctive monochromatic murals can be found adorning high-profile institutions, houses, factories, and interstitial spaces in cities worldwide, including Germany, Australia, Tunisia and the United States. A strong narrative component in this work leaves the viewer guessing at how each depicted situation came about and where it might lead.