Daily Migration, a new 1301 m2 (1400 sf) mural by internationally-recognized artist, Shalak Attack, and STEPS Public Art has transformed Wilson Station in Toronto into a cultural space for more than 17,000 daily visitors.
Canadian-Chilean artist Shalak Attack’s new mural shows the stories of migration shared by community members during multidisciplinary arts workshops facilitated over the last year.
“It is a theme close to my heart as migration has impacted my life story in so many ways, and it has been incredible to share the stories of and connect with so many others who also experience the lifelong questions of identity and belonging!” shared Shalak.
STEPS Executive Director Alexis Kane Speer said, “As Canada’s leading public arts organization, we have a responsibility to push for increased representation in public spaces. This project reflects STEPS commitment to cultivating paid opportunities for equity-deserving artists and shared cultural experiences for Canadians.”
Artist mentee Edan Maxam shared, “Shalak introduced me to murals seven years ago and to be able to work alongside her feels like a full circle in my mural-marking journey, particularly as the production team was all women of colour.” Meanwhile, mentee Kseniya Tsoy reflected that as a recent immigrant to Canada, “the theme of migration speaks to me. I love culturally-inspired public art and I think representation in the arts matter.”