Update: Ward 1 Mississauga Councillor Jim Tovey has informed us: “We will be moving the Mural to the building facade in the spring.” [End of update]
The mural serves as an impressive all-year outdoor art exhibit. It’s especially impressive on sunny summer afternoons when the sun shines upon the surface of the mural.
The article notes that the three panels of the mural are the product of a community effort involving students from Peel Alternative School, participants from the Mississauga Seniors’ Centre, and summer camp participants at the Carmen Corbasson Community Centre. Over 600 volunteer hours, the article notes, were involved in the creation of the mural, which is entitled “A Century of Heroism.”
I’ve read the above-noted article just recently. I made a point of not reading it at the time that I first came across it. In that way, I could first spent time at the mural without being influenced by the back story related to its creation.
I’ve referred in previous posts to the artwork.
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As I’ve noted in a previous post, the beauty of the mural, among its other qualities, is that it’s presented in an enjoyable outdoor environment.
The mural addresses themes related to the Small Arms Ltd. building located just behind the construction fence on which the mural is mounted.
Inspiration Lakeview, Hanlan Water Project, and Small Arms Ltd.
The artwork also addresses themes related to:
What body language communicates
The images on the three-part panel are well-planned, well-researched, and executed in a style that focuses on the body language of the subjects in the source photographs upon which many of the images are based.
A person can learn something about a person – even from a photograph or a painting based upon a photograph – by getting a sense of what their body language and posture communicates.
The text and typography are handled beautifully, as well.
If you double-click on the second photo from the top, at this post, you can see a close-up view of the artwork. As well, you can double-click on the thumbnails at the end of this post for a closer look at the images.
Images on mural are highly expressive
The level of detail in the images is kept to a minimum, as is the case with traffic signs and other signage along the nearby roadways.
The paintings tell their story quickly and effectively. The more a person learns about local and world history, the more evocative the images appear.
The mural is an integral part of the visual experience of a person walking in the area.
The photos at this post document the mural’s good work, with a little help from its friends, in addressing the forces of gravity, and the gusts of wind that occasionally strike its surface, both from the front and back.
I enjoy this mural. I often walk by it, or run by it when I go jogging.
Maintenance of structural integrity
The fence is made up of components. When the components become loosened or torn apart from each other, the structural integrity of the fence is compromised.
When the wind is blowing from the north, the mural leans away from the it and comes to rest against a white sign.
When the the wind is strong enough and blowing from the south, it separates the mural from adjoining components of the fence and blows it face down upon the walkway.
Fence has often been disassembled and re-assembled
In the current arrangement for the fence, plastic ties have been used to clip together some of the component parts.
At construction sites, as I’ve noticed, heavy-duty metal fasteners are often used to provide structural rigidity for the component parts of such fences.
Such fasteners have not been used at the mural at Dixie Road and Lakeshore Road East.
Possibly, their use would be cumbersome, as the fence has frequently been taken down for short periods, and then re-installed, when public events, some of which I’ve highlighted in previous posts, have been taking place at the Small Arms Ltd. building just south of the fence.
Metaphor of uprightness
We know that an upright bearing is a part of military life.
Uprightness can also be spoken of in metaphorical terms.
When the mural at Dixie Road and Lakeshore Road East stands up straight, you notice its demeanour. There’s a sense of order to it that is appealing.
When it’s been knocked down by the wind, or leaning away from it, the thought that comes to mind is “dereliction.” Another concept that comes to mind is “entropy.”
I’m reminded as well of the role that the weather has played in human history including military history, and the role it plays in our lives now and in the future.
It’s a great mural, and there’s a great infrastructure – a temporary construction fence – that is doing the best it can, in the circumstances, to keep the mural upright and on display.
You can double-click on thumbnails
By way of rounding out the discussion, I’ve included thumbnails of panels and details from the mural. I much enjoy the expressiveness of the images. It’s a delight to study the artwork and relate it to my rudimentary knowledge of aviation history, social history, economic history, local history, and military history.
The paintings possess a gestural quality – a freedom of brushwork – that communicates a sense of energy and spontaneity. The images also demonstrate a cartoon-like quality based upon the elimination of elements of visual data available in the archival source photographs on which many of the images are based.
The thumbnail images (below) are from a summer afternoon when the sun was shining.
Double-click on the thumbnails for a close-up view of the images.