Join us in celebrating the Butterfly Effect Mural and the fabulous Artists that created it!
Sat Oct 22 2022
1:00 pm-3:00 pm
Centre For Social Innovation
192 Spadina Ave
You are invited to a Celebration of this spectacular work of public art that honours the Monarch Butterfly and the epic yearly migration it undertakes between Ontario and the Oyamel Fir forests of Mexico. The mural’s giant Monarch Butterfly in flight provides an uplifting interruption of healing and joy in the grey urbanscape of this busy downtown corridor.
Butterfly Effect Mural by Artists Paula Gonzalez-Ossa and Nyle “Miigizi” Johnston, Produced by Bureau Of Power And Light Art Collective (BPL), in partnership with StreetArt Toronto (StART) and Centre For Social Innovation (CSI).
Celebration Event Program includes Artists’ Talks, Music, Performance, with light refreshments by Newcomer Kitchen
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Centre For Social Innovation, 192 Spadina Ave., Toronto, CAN
The Monarch Butterfly is a powerful symbol of resilience, strength and stamina.
An enormous Monarch Butterfly in flight provides an uplifting interruption of colour amidst a wash of urban grey, radiating love for the lands that sustain butterflies and all life. At the south end of the mural, a boldly stylized Oyamel fir tree bursting with Monarchs roosting in its boughs represents the southern part of the Monarch’s annual Migration between Mexico and Canada. The northern part of their vast migratory route is represented at the corresponding northern end of the mural where local reverence for the Monarch is apparent in a striking portrayal of the Monarch’s favoured Ontario Milkweed.
The idea of the Butterfly Effect, that even a small local occurrence can have tangible repercussions on a larger scale, invites us to reflect on how our individual actions can play a part in cultivating a better world.
Butterfly Effect Mural is rendered entirely in aerosol by renowned Mural, Graffiti and Gallery artists Paula Gonzalez-Ossa and Nyle “Miigizi” Johnston. Produced by Bureau Of Power And Light Art Collective (BPL), in partnership with StreetArt Toronto (StART) and Centre For Social Innovation(CSI).
This work would not have been possible without the invaluable Professional Guidance graciously emparted by Lead Artist Paula Gonzalez-Ossa, and the generous sharing of an Ojibwe Butterfly Creation Story, as told by Nyle “Miigizi” Johnston. BPL producers wish to express our deepest gratitude to the incredible Lead Artists, Paula and Nyle, who invested their multiple Talents, Creativity and Hearts above and beyond expectations to create much needed art medicine for us all. The butterfly stencil designs on this webpage are the same stencil designs used on the mural and were inspired by Paula's desire to incorporate them into the final design, in particular as a "kaleidoscope" arching over the main entrance of CSI. Gracias ! Miigwetch ! Thank You
Thank You local vendors Homebase, Paint Colours Unlimited, Rotblotts, Home Depot, Toronto Collective, Toronto Tool Library & Makerspace.
Thank you to everyone who provided invaluable support and guidance including
Gracias ! Miigwetch ! Thank You !