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The things they carried curated by Tairone BastienMirrors of Babel - Midland Station - Natural Love, 2018

Natural Love, 2018

Planta Muisca - Bogota, Colombia / Toronto, Canada

Natural Love by Planta Muisca is at Midland Station. It is one of the five works in the stations along the SRT, created by Toronto-based graffiti artists in response to eL Seed’s multipart installation Mirrors of Babel. The SRT has been an important graffiti site for decades, with dozens of works covering buildings, underpasses and train cars along its path. These five works frame a journey between Toronto and Scarborough, interpreting the story of Babel through five distinct visual languages.

Muisca’s mural depicts an immersive jungle full of objects, figures and designs that reference the Indigenous cultural imagery of Central and South America. In her work, Planta Muisca explores Indigenous “language of love and how it connects us with our inner God, other people, animals and, most importantly, with the pachamama (mother earth).”

Graffiti art has been an integral part of Toronto’s urban landscape since the late 1980s, characterized by its diversity rooted in different marginalized communities. Despite being criminalized, graffiti has become an important part of the wider discourse around public art, as writers have experimented with the form, exploring new styles and means of telling stories about themselves and their communities.

Planta Muisca’s artistic work is the result of her experiences living and working in various parts of Latin America and Canada. The rich and spirited cultures of the places she has visited have inspired her to create and share her artistic vision with others. Empowered by her Canadian Colombian heritage, she paints around themes of identities and cultures enriching Canadian multiculturalism. Her colourful and vibrant work reflects her love for nature, animals and her Latin American roots.

Mural

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Midland Station

2085 Midland Avenue

Suitable for all ages

This project is indoors.