Week-1: Meet the Youth of the Community, Chester Le’s Voice in Action
This project is funded by StreetARToronto, through the City of Toronto. This project would not be possible without the support of Councillor Jim Karygiannis, Agincourt Community Services Association (ACSA) and Toronto Community Housing (TCH).
The Chester Le Mural is an exciting artistic venture seeing residents of the Chester Le community working in unison with a mural artist to create an amazing visual narrative to speak to what this community represents. The Chester Le community backs unto Victoria Park Avenue and is supported by a sound barrier wall expanding the entire length of the complex. This wall stands as the canvas for the Chester Le Mural.
The artist, Adrian Hayles, is a Toronto-based illustrator who has been exploring the nature of the visual arts since he was 9 years old. As a graduate of Humber College, in the Graphic Design program, he launched his career more than 10 years ago. Blurring the lines between graffiti and ultra-realism, Adrian’s voice and vision is instantly identifiable. His works include countless portraits and illustrations for various magazines and collaborations with the city of Toronto to develop murals for vacant community spaces.
The mural team consists of the artist Adrian Hayles and the mural worker, Raeetha Raveendranathan, who will lead the team of Chester Le youths, Bennita Mensah, Thomas Braendel, Shuley Mohammed, Zakaria Abdi, and Randy Pyne. The youth team were hired from the community to work on the mural from inception to unveiling.
Our journey starts with the notion of a mural being painted onto the walls. This notion began taking shape as the youth mural group started forming, one member at a time. Together our first journey was to get to really understand the core concept of the purpose of the mural, to give Chester Le a voice to speak for it really represents and stands for as a community.
In order to get this accomplished, we needed to get the ideas and thoughts of the people who reside in the community as to what they’d like to see on the walls. Various ideas came across as we went door-to-door asking residents. Thus our journey with the mural starts to unfold.