On the Surface of Things

Simple decoration under the rail lines that cross Bloor Street, west of Lansdowne

Simple and nicely framed decoration under the rail lines that cross Bloor St. near Lansdowne

The mural was designed and painted by Richard Mongiat in 2008 and 2009

The mural designed and painted by Richard Mongiat in 2008 and 2009

The concrete surface appears to show through the mural mimicking the appearance of waterslide decals. The limited colour and graphic line work make these very easy to look at as you ride by on your bike. They further adapt to their environment over time.

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I’ve walked past this many times over the last few years. I feel inspired every time, and finally on a rainy day I took the time to photograph some of the details. It’s one of my favourite pieces of public art in Toronto.

Some details: it improves with time as it deteriorates

Closeup: Mongiat’s mural improves with time as it weathers

This mural inspired me to create some patterns based on the forest floor fauna found in the woods of Northwestern Ontario where I grew up. Here are some previews of my new Boreal collection:

Blue Bead Lily and Bunch Berry floral pattern detail

Blue Bead Lily and Bunch Berry floral pattern detail

Fern detail

Fern detail

Pine cone pattern detail

Pine cone pattern detail

I’ll be showing the entire collection at SURTEX, in booth 340!

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About Ian Phillips Illustration

I am an illustrator and book designer. View all posts by Ian Phillips Illustration

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