New Kingston, Ont., mural aims to connect city’s neighbourhoods

A new residential building in Kingston, Ont., will soon be home to a colourful public art mural by world-renowned muralist and graphic artist Peru Dyer Jalea. Image courtesy City of Kingston

A new residential building in Kingston, Ont., will soon be home to a colourful public art mural by world-renowned muralist and graphic artist Peru Dyer Jalea. Image courtesy City of Kingston

A new residential building in Kingston, Ont., will soon be home to a colourful public art mural by world-renowned muralist and graphic artist Peru Dyer Jalea.

Kingston: A Moment in the City was one of two submissions shortlisted for the project, following a call to action for professional mural artists in Ontario. The city also hosted a public engagement opportunity, inviting the community to provide feedback in response to the two proposals submitted.

The project is Kingston’s first-ever private/public partnership, in collaboration with the building’s developer, Highpoint Developments. The city supported the artist selection and commissioning process in alignment with its Public Art Policy. Highpoint Developments is funding the project and will own and maintain the mural once installed.

The mural also aligns with The Hub Project, a citywide program which brings public art to areas considered a gateway to downtown and a nexus for multiple neighbourhoods. According to the city’s Twitter page, installation was in progress as of Thursday, Sept. 22.

“Peru’s mural brings vibrancy to the area of Princess and Division streets, providing viewers a break from their daily routine and inviting them into their own imagination,” says Danika Lochhead, the city’s manager of arts and sector development. “The mural aims to encourage an appreciation of interconnectedness and sense of pride: look closely, and you’ll see Kingston written within the design.” 

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