Innovative collaboration between community builders and arts and culture sector transforms real estate development site into a canvas for artistic expression

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Lakeview Community Partners Limited and Artscape Atelier are thrilled to announce 19 selected GTA artists for over $100,000 in paid work opportunities at Lakeview Village, a transformative 177-acre mixed-use community to be built on Mississauga’s waterfront. Sculptor, Ryan Longo; visual artist, Raquel Da Silva; painter, Lynn Taylor; poet, Duke Redbird; visual artist, Daniela Rocha (artist alias Planta Muisca); and 14 muralists, including several from Mississauga, have been chosen to animate the Lakeview Village site with art. The completed pieces will include over 1,600 linear feet of artistic works situated near a massive field of sunflowers set to bloom at the project site this summer.

We were impressed with the caliber of submissions by each of these artists. Now more than ever, artists have an important role to play in bringing our shared spaces to life. Together, these pieces will anchor the site in its historical roots, convey messages of healing for our present condition, and introduce a hopeful image of the future,” said Assaf Weisz, Chief Strategy Officer, Artscape. “We look forward to seeing their work at the Lakeview Village site throughout the summer months.”

We are excited to collaborate with Artscape and local artists to create a beautiful and immersive way for community members and visitors to enjoy the Lakeview Village site during the construction process and beyond,” said Brian Sutherland, Director of Development, Argo Development Corporation, and development lead for Lakeview Village. “We are passionate about placemaking and look forward to welcoming the community back to experience the magic of a horizon of sunflowers at our site again this summer, this time with the stunning integration of original art honouring the waterfront.”

Artist Ryan Longo has been selected to create an Interactive Art/Sculpture to be installed at the top of the sunflower field in July. The finished sculpture will serve as both a focal point and gathering place to view Lake Ontario.

Raquel Da Silva has been selected to bring life to the construction hoarding with her proposed abstracted ‘flipbook’, which explores the theme of reconnecting with the surrounding nature, specifically that which is native to the Mississauga community.

Lynn Taylor, based in Mississauga, will create a visual land and heritage acknowledgement and poet, Duke Redbird, has also been commissioned to complete the poetic narrative that describes Indigenous life along the waterfront. Both works will also to be incorporated into the construction hoarding design.

Canadian-Colombian artist Daniela Rocha (Planta Muisca) will paint a nature-inspired mural that will feature animals and vegetation native to the Mississauga region. Her focus on local plants and animals will encourage visitors to embrace and connect with nature during these uncertain times.

Fourteen other artists will complete the Sunflower Lane Mural Wall Series, a multi-artist mural that will run parallel to the sunflower field to share “the message they believe the world needs to hear right now”. The selected artists will each produce a mural at the site while honouring social distancing practices. The creation process will be safely filmed, shared with the public via social media channels, and physically revealed this summer, pending regional health measures.

Each of the artworks will be installed on the current redevelopment site of Lakeview Village, a sustainable mixed-use community and four-season waterfront destination on the former site of the Lakeview Generating Station. Arts and culture will be a central component of the future development, which will combine diverse high-quality housing options for all lifestyles and life stages, with office space, retail and restaurants, trails, parks and green space, and cultural and recreational amenities – all connected to transit and the nearby 64-acre Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area.

Lakeview Community Partners Limited looks forward to welcoming community members and visitors to the Lakeview Village site to celebrate and experience the art of placemaking this summer in a safe manner as COVID-19 health and social distancing measures permit.

More information and full bios of selected artists can be found at: www.mylakeviewvillage.com/art-of-placemaking

About Lakeview Community Partners Limited

Lakeview Community Partners Limited is a partnership of community builders that includes TACC Construction Limited, Greenpark Group, CCI Development Group, Branthaven and Argo Development Corporation. The partnership represents an unprecedented collaboration dedicated to transforming Mississauga’s waterfront through the development of Lakeview Village, a sustainable mixed-use community and all-season destination on the former site of the Lakeview Generating Station, a decommissioned coal-fired power plant. This transformative 177-acre revitalization project will revolutionize the way people live, visit and experience the waterfront through its thoughtful design and curated collection of housing, retail, office and recreational programming. For more information, visit www.mylakeviewvillage.com.

About Artscape Atelier

Conceived in 2019, Artscape Atelier is a social enterprise dedicated to creating opportunities for artists to meaningfully participate in city-building and shape communities through site-specific public art, public realm and creative placemaking interventions.

Since inception, Artscape Atelier has commissioned $190,000 worth of local artist work to create public art out of built infrastructure, such as park benches and bicycle racks, at the Zibi community development site in Gatineau, Quebec with developer DREAM Asset Management; and partnering with The Daniels Corporation to offer artists the paid opportunity to create over 1,300 unique welcome gifts to new condominium owners at Daniels City of the Arts and DuEast Tower in Regent Park. Learn more at creativeplacemaking.artscape.ca.

About Artscape

Artscape is a not-for-profit organization that makes space for creativity and transforms communities. Artscape’s projects, programs and services are designed to help creatives thrive while enhancing the communities around them to become more vibrant, inclusive and resilient.

Artscape is best known for its work as the developer/operator of a growing portfolio of 14 unique cultural facilities in Toronto—including community cultural hubs; multi-purpose creative spaces; artist live/work studio spaces; and 44 performance, exhibition and event spaces. Artscape’s work is accomplished through a range of social enterprises focusing on: real estate development; affordable housing and property management; performance and event facility management; makerspace management; entrepreneurship development; community animation and youth empowerment programming; as well as knowledge transfer, research and consulting services. Learn more at artscape.ca.

Contacts

MEDIA
Communications Manager, Artscape

Lindsay Kwan

lkwan@artscape.ca | 416-732-9700

Kaiser Lachance Communications, on behalf of Lakeview Community Partners Limited

Kelly Morgan

kelly.morgan@kaiserlachance.com | 519-281-0886