Essential Essencia

A mural depicting wildlife, fantastic places and post-apocalyptic Toronto stretches 300 metres along Lawrence Avenue West in Toronto.

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Created by the Essencia Arts Collective to “develop, support, promote and increase awareness of street art and its indispensable role in adding beauty and character to neighbourhoods across Toronto, while counteracting graffiti vandalism and its harmful effect on communities” the mural had come under fire a few years back by residents who complained of ‘scary’ imagery depicted on the concrete wall.

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A community meeting was held in February 2016 to discuss the negative perception of some of the art, and it appears the result of that meeting was to leave the art as is.

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