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Presentation by Karin Eaton, Executive and Artistic Director of Mural Routes, first presented at the 2012 Modern and Contemporary Mural Paintings Conference in Valencia, Spain.

Presentation by Karin Eaton, Executive and Artistic Director of Mural Routes, first presented at the 2012 Modern and Contemporary Mural Paintings Conference in Valencia, Spain.

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The Disappearning Murals of East Toronto The Disappearning Murals of East Toronto Presentation Transcript

  • MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY MURAL PAINTINGS: TECHNIQUE, VALUE AND CONSERVATION Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, 4-5 May 2012 Timelines Community murals in east Toronto, Canada 1990 – Mural Routes Heritage Trail Project starts 2000 – 12 heritage murals have been created 2 have been removed 2012 - 4 have received major restoration 3 need significant remedial work 2001 – 2011 17 youth training murals painted 2012 – 4 have been removed 1 relocatedKarin Eaton, Executive & Artistic Director www.muralroutes.com
  • MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY MURAL PAINTINGS: TECHNIQUE, VALUE AND CONSERVATION Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, 4-5 May 2012 Theories on the Disappearance of Community Murals: 1 – Amalgamation of the City of Toronto (1998) 2 – Lack of appreciation of the artwork by property owners 3 – Murals not compatible with corporate branding 4 – Signed agreements not honoured 5 – Ignorance of materials and wall conditions 6 – Loss of local champions and community leaders 7 – Lack of funding and coordination for maintenance and conservation 8 – VandalismKarin Eaton, Executive & Artistic Director www.muralroutes.com
  • MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY MURAL PAINTINGS: TECHNIQUE, VALUE AND CONSERVATION Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, 4-5 May 2012 Conclusions: A new plan is needed to maintain and save the murals of east Toronto including: 1 – Sustainable funding 2 – Research & documentation 3 – Regular condition reports 4 – Community education and awareness 5 – Information on conservation techniques and materials 6 – Training of artists for mural restorationKarin Eaton, Executive & Artistic Director www.muralroutes.com