A local mosaic artist is partnering with Ottawa-based artist Ryan Smeeton to create an interactive and uplifting mural in Oakville.
Elena Martoglio, the Oakville artist that will help bring this project to life, had envisioned a mural in Kerr Village for some time. Once the COVID-19 pandemic hit, she felt it would benefit the community more than ever and serve as a way to help lift people’s spirits.
As a result, Martoglio started a GoFundMe page back in April to help cover costs involved with the creation of the mural, which will be situated on the yellow brick wall on Washington Ave. off of Kerr St.
“For some time I’ve been envisioning a beautiful, uplifting mural along Kerr Street, in Kerr Village,” said Martoglio on the fundraiser page.
“With the lockdowns and changes we’ve all been experiencing this last year, I feel an uplifting mural is needed now, more than ever.”
In a YouTube video that was featured on the fundraiser page, Martoglio explains that Smeeton will be painting the floral design on the bottom portion of the wall, while she will embellish the top portion with a mosaic kite.
Additionally, the mural will allow for an interactive experience with pedestrians, who will be able to pose against it for a photo to make it look as though they are holding the kite.
To date, the fundraiser page has raised over $1,500.
“Public art has the power to transform communities and I feel the mural will bring smiling faces and optimism to the neighbourhood,” said Martoglio.
“Hopefully you can share that enthusiasm with me and I’d like to invite you to be a part of it.”
For more information or to make a donation to the project, click here.
Photo: GoFundMe page