Commuters and residents strolling by the Metro Toronto Convention Centre got a surprise last Monday by a face-lift on the building’s Front Street exterior.
Eight large, vivid pieces of artwork now grace the walls. It’s the centre’s version of a holiday display — one that will be auctioned off for the Daily Bread Food Bank in Toronto.
“We just wanted to do something different. We wanted people to go about their daily commute and look up and see something that they wouldn’t expect to see,” MTCC marketing director Christine Tse said.
The auction is held online and ends Dec. 23. Bidding on the pieces starts at $500 and goes up in $50 increments. As of Tuesday, most have reached the $1,000 mark.
The pieces themselves are all creations of artists with diverse backgrounds — and influences.
Salt.Wounds. is Romana Kassam’s creation. Kassam examines ideas around inclusivity, feminism and equality.
Romana Kassam: A self-taught multi-disciplinary artist, inspired by life, love and the spaces in between – She uses a variety of mediums to express the many feelings she experiences as a woman of colour in Toronto. A maker obsessed with details, creator and engineer, she create murals, installations and sound and light experiences that are truly out of this world.
Learn more about her and her work here