Portrait of M is a public art project that highlights the cultural and demographic diversity of Mississauga and seeks to communicate the stories of its residents. Over 110 portraits were shot by Dan Bergeron, a selection of which are printed and displayed on the city's downtown banners in the following locations:
Duke of York Boulevard (between Burnhamthorpe Road West & Rathburn Road)
Princess Royal Drive (between Living Arts Drive & Duke of York)
Square One Drive (between Living Arts Drive & Duke of York)
The Market Trellis on Celebration Square
"For this series of portraits, I want to convey the idea that people are complex and that there is no one way we should look at each other or ourselves. We have feelings that conflict, thoughts that contradict and multiple visual identities (on-line, IRL and in our own heads) that we present. Working with the shape and layout of the banners, the portraits of the subjects attempt to reveal this complexity. As we are all complex, we are the same. As we are all different, we are the same."
4 parking spaces on Lakeshore Road within Port Credit BIA
As a demonstration for how the street's vibrancy could be improved, the City of Mississauga and the Port Credit Business Improvement Association (BIA) jointly launched the initiative to temporarily and artistically transform on-street parking spaces into public space for 10 days.
Experimental, narrative-based, interactive short films. A total of 8 works were selected and helped define, broaden and contribute to the philosopher Jacques Lacan's concept of distinguishing between the eye's look and THE GAZE. Partnership between City of Mississauga and Art Gallery of Mississauga.
acrylic latex masonry paint and premium spray paint
The large scale public art mural depicts a series of silhouettes of a skateboarder performing a backside flip alongside technical-style drawings of ramps. The work is intended to re-animate public space and reflects both the grace and complexity of skateboarding.
Commissioned by the City of Mississauga and funded by the Community Celebrations Fund for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games through Canada Heritage. An abstract collection of sculptural objects that pay homage to outdoor fitness trails.
The Blue Trees is an international award winning, temporary public art installation which raises questions about global deforestation through social action and community participation. Using an electric-blue coloured pigment, living trees will be transformed for a short time into a surreal landscape. The water-based colorant is biologically and environmentally safe, causes no damage and is meant to inspire conversation and action within the community. This artwork was completed in September 2016 at Mississauga Celebration Square.
For a third year in a row, a public art competition was held to ask the arts community to create wraps for the oak trees which line the center of Hurontario Street. Artists Amy Mailloux and Tony Di Nardo's design was selected entitled CAN Colours 150, which celebrates Canada's 150th anniversary. This temporary public art installation celebrates the diversity of cultures and ethnicities that unites us all as a nation.
Our national diversity is emphasized through an abstract visual representation of world flags with a bold red and white colour signifying Canada at its core. Thirty-two oak trees along Hurontario Street will be wrapped using 57,000 strips of plastic fabric - each strip represents the millions of people that make Canada beautiful. Standing tall and at the centre of the artwork is the Unity Tree; intertwining and merging all the world's flag colours in one.
Celebration and Reflection: A Day in the Life is a temporary public art installation by artist Gary Taxali, inspired by the Poet Laureate Program. The artwork is a visual response and interpretation of the poetic works of 2016 Youth Poet Laureate Rebecca Zseder. Taxali's artistic design features his signature pop art style, iconic characters, vintage graphics, and typography in a composite of layered graphics, generated by the themes in Zseder's poems: "Skin", "Pieces", and "Symphonies".
The artwork references struggles with self-worth, identity and human complexities such as humour and angst of everyday life. These themes are a way to express a visual dialogue between the artwork and the messages in the poetry.
The utility boxes serve as canvas for the Mississauga community to appreciate the intersection of poetry and art in a unique, meaningful and inspiring way. Urban landscapes through its architecture, street signs, traffic lights, electric wires, and of course, utility boxes inherently all contain a somber beauty.
Back for the fouth consecutive year, the Winter Tree Wraps are installed along the centre median of Hurontario Street and the median of Burnhamthorpe Road West and Promontory Drive. Artists Michaela MacLeod and Nicholas Croft of Polymetis have created a design that features a vibrant sunset spanning the 52 oak trees. In addition to signalling a new dawn for the City of Mississauga in the face of new projects, Sun-SET addresses the theme of environmental stewardship and our appreciation of it.
Dear Mississauga is a public art project that brings poetry to the heart of our civic space. Wali Shah, Mississauga's Poet Laureate, asked residents to finish the sentence "I belong to Mississauga because..." and weaved their answers into a poem that reflects the city's values and sense of belonging.
Dear Mississauga is a collaboration between the City's Poet Laureate and the Public Art Program.
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Eat fresh and shop local this summer at the Square. Choose from homemade preserves, baked goods, honey, locally produced wine and the finest selection of Ontario fruits and vegetables anywhere in the city.
Kids Halloween Trick-or-Treat is extra sweet at Celebration Square. With candy galore and giant games, there's heaps of fun for all the little goblins and ghouls.
Experience Benares Historic House at its spookiest. Discover the hidden magical beasts of Benares. Get a chance to meet and greet real life reptiles. Bring your whole family and enjoy a game of Quidditch.
The Afronautic Research Lab invites participants to join the Afronauts' efforts to uncover local and hidden Mississauga histories. The Canadiana Reading Room at the Mississauga Central Library will be transformed into a site for the investigation of Canada's history of anti-blackness.