There’s brand new public art in Mississauga, and it’s down at the new Lakeview Village complex on Lake Ontario. While there the entire area is completely under construction, the future Lakeview Village community will have homes, retail shops, event space, walking paths, a marina, kayaking and canoeing, and even a brand new conservation area. At the moment, this project is currently in development. However, there is something that you can currently check out at the site: bright and beautiful Mississauga murals!
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The Art of Placemaking: An Artscape Atelier Initiative
I’m sure you’ve seen construction hoarding before. It’s the temporary boards that are erected around a building site while it’s under construction or renovation. The flat surface of the hoarding could be used for advertisements, but wouldn’t it be a lot nicer if it featured beautiful public art?
That’s where Artscape Atelier comes into the picture. Artscape Atelier is a social enterprise that works with developers to feature public art on construction hoarding. These murals might reflect the local heritage, generate a feeling of community, or showcase colorful and stunning art pieces that everyone can enjoy.
In this case, Artscape Atelier commissioned 19 works of art across 1600 feet of construction hoarding from 14 muralists, 2 visual artists, 1 painter, 1 sculpturist, and 1 poet. This initiative delivered $100,000 in paid work to these artists, which is incredible considering that those working in the arts could use these funds more than ever during a global pandemic. Furthermore, the site is structured so it’s safe to explore while keeping an appropriate distance from one another outdoors.
Discover This Public Art in Mississauga
Let’s explore these beautiful murals in Mississauga together! Allow me to take you on a tour of this spectacular public art, created by 19 local artists.
The Blossoming Lakeview
This massive mural by Raquel da Silva wraps around the the construction hoarding, and it’s designed as an abstract timeline. It highlights the connection between humanity and water and represents the journey and desire to reconnect with our own local waterfront.
Welcome by Peru143 serves to welcome everyone to their new home in Lakeview Village and Mississauga. Its bright and optimistic letters serve to manifest positive vibes for new beginnings.
A Dish With One Spoon
A Dish With One Spoon is a poem by Dr. Duke Redbird, an elder, poet, activist, artist, educator, and a pillar of First Nations literature in Canada. This poem describes Indigenous life on the waterfront in the GTA. It describes how their languages were influenced by Mother Nature and adopted as the names of places around Toronto.
Worth the Wait
The Worth the Wait mural by Hello Kirsten is rather fitting for these times. I feel like we’re all in a holding pattern these days, and our lives are put on hold. But, it’ll be worth the wait. We’ll eventually go back to those activities and the daily life that we miss (and won’t take for granted any longer, I’m sure!).
Reconnecting to the Water with Sunflowers
This mural is painted by artist Keitha Keeshig-Tobias Biizindam (She who listens and learns and uses what she hears) who comes from Delaware Nation at Moraviantown, Anishnaabe from Neyaashiinigamiing Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation.
The pale blue silhouette of the power generating station disconnects people from the lake (these smokestacks were nicknamed the Four Sisters). The four Indigenous sisters and four sunflowers represent four Anishinaabe Kwe Water Principles that function to protect the water, the natural environment, and removing dirty energy plants.
Time to Let the Flowers Bloom
Caitlin Taguibao painted a beautiful mural here that embraces the peaceful and quiet moments like reading a book, the slow process that it takes for flowers to grow and bloom, and passages of time.
Embrace Your Daydreams
Embrace Your Daydreams by Elizabeth Wise is a positive message of hope, ambition, perseverance, and life. The colors evoke imagery of grassy fields, sunflowers, and blue sky.
The Age of Illumination
The Age of Illumination by Jacquie Comrie is a vibrant and hopeful work that is dedicated to the mental health of all people, especially people of color. It is a message of protest against racism and violence, and a tribute to those who have lost their lives in the name of racial injustice.
This work of public art in Mississauga by Joanne Feely DeGraaf demonstrates how the community can enjoy a storybook garden landscape, especially the important pollinating species. People can play a vital role in saving their habitat to protect our natural world.
Consume Less, Create More
FaithFetish’s mural, Consume Less, Create More reminds us all that we need to be more mindful in our consumption habits. We need to create less waste and encourage more creativity. Let’s create more art and express ourselves.
Mississauga artist Khaula Mazhar created this public art as a message of hope to the community. Although we’re living in isolation, we need to work together to overcome what’s going on in the world right now. She purposefully chose a Black woman to represent Mother Nature in an effort to increase the visibility of Black people in a positive light.
Rowell Soller created this work that combines abstraction and realism as a form of healing and rejuvenation. There are many layers and patterns that are created and destroyed around a central figure.
Monica Wickeler created Breathe, a work of public art in Mississauga that states: I breathe in calmness, I breathe in the universe. She believes that finding community in an urban environment is the key to living in a healthy way, and public art can help unite a community.
Remembering Four Sisters
Mihyun Maria Kim painted the four sisters, which is the nickname for the four smokestacks of the Lakeview Generating Station. She looked into the history of the area to discover that many women worked in the Small Arms Inspection Building nearby to support the men who went overseas to fight in WWII. It’s a window into our past as we work together to forge a bright future together.
Aitak Sorahitalab uses Iranian and Mesopotamian cultural materials in her work to highlight social and political issues. This piece uses Iranian spiral carpet designs, Eslimi, to reflect Mississauga’s cultural diversity and a sense of belonging in the community.
Artist Nigel Westgate created Waterfront to showcase the incredible wildlife and landscapes that we can find in Ontario. We co-exist with animals and share this beautiful land with them. These animals are also symbols for our communities in the GTA where we all co-exist together.
Lynn Taylor is a local to Lakeview and Mississauga, and she is a member of the Oneida Nation of The Thames reserve in Ontario (Turtle Clan). She created this work to honor the previous Indigenous Nations of the area in a land acknowledgement. This art shows how we’re all united: all living creatures, land, and water. It’s dedicated to the Anishinabek, Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendat, Metis, Ojibway-Chippewa and our Mississaugas of the Credit.
The Light Within
I’ll have to go back to see this one because it wasn’t there yet. Artist Ryan Longo has created a 15 foot metal structure that will become a permanent art installation at Lakeview Village. Can’t wait to see it!
Plan Your Visit to the Mississauga Murals
This public art in Mississauga can be found on Lakeshore Rd. East and Hydro Road, between Dixie and Cawthra. It’s right on the Waterfront Trail, so you might pass by it while walking or biking. I happened to be driving down Lakeshore one day and the colorful artwork caught my immediate attention. You really can’t miss it!
This is free, outdoor, public art and you can stop by for a visit anytime. I suggest going there on a weekday. When I visited on a weekday afternoon, I had the whole place to myself. I’m sure it will get a little busier on weekends, so plan accordingly.
Want to See More Street Art?
Toronto has so much amazing street art and colorful murals splashed across so many walls and buildings. I suggest taking a look at this self guided walking tour of Toronto street art to areas like Graffiti Alley and Underpass Park.
More Things to Do in Mississauga
Mississauga and specifically Port Credit is where Justin and I call home. There are lots of things to do in Mississauga and most of these are low cost or free activities. Even though we’re really close to the city of Toronto (living in the GTA), there are many places to visit in Mississauga that are wonderful. You can have a lot of fun in Mississauga without needing to go into Toronto!
- Kariya Park, a beautiful Japanese garden in Mississauga
- Stunning gardens in Toronto and the GTA, many are in Mississauga
- The Port Credit Waterfront
- The best parks and trails in Port Credit
- Rattray Marsh Conservation Area
- Meadowvale Conservation Area
- Riverwood Conservancy, garden and hiking trails in Mississauga
- Wahoosh Falls, Mississauga’s waterfall
- The best hiking trails in Mississauga