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It is with such excitement that on behalf of the businesses of Downtown Kitchener, we, the Downtown Kitchener BIA, welcome you to the DTK Art Walk! “Kitchener has a heart of grit that everywhere doesn’t”. Downtown Kitchener is driven by the community and strives to be a place where people can connect through friends, culture, food, retail and entertainment. In March 2020, everything changed with the rise of COVID-19. In the midst of uncertain times, the Downtown Kitchener BIA wanted to give the community something beautiful and long-lasting, that would reignite a passion for the Downtown we all love. The Business Improvement Area, better known as the BIA, formed a partnership with the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery to create an outdoor museum. Among past installations of art and murals, you will also find new outdoor pieces on buildings throughout the core. These creative works provide the opportunity to visit and connect with Downtown Kitchener and enhance a sense of community and local cultural development. This initiative will serve to beautify your Downtown and bring us back together, at a distance, through local art. Whether you venture downtown to shop, dine, or just take a walk, we hope you find joy in the installations you cross paths with on your journey. Change is constant and inevitable but DTK will continue to evolve and be a place for everyone. - Together, We Own It!

Welcome to the first installation of the DTK Art Walk, an exploration of creative works throughout the core. With this Field Guide comes an opportunity to embark on an experiential journey unique to all. We thank all of the artists that came together in collaboration to make this a reality. Your drive and passion have made our community a place that resonates and thrives on creativity and individuality.

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27. Sweet Pea

2. American Ledger No.1

28. The Market Walk

3. Protecting The Memory 4. Past | Present | Future 5. Footprints

29. German Heritage 30. Downtown Presence 31. Kitchener Market Piazza

52. In the Keep of Change 53. City Owayseug 54. The Rainbow Walkway 55. The Luggage Project 56. Recognize Everyone

6. Anvil

32. The Mural of Belonging

7. Horsepower

33. Animanimus

8. Taking Care/ Care-Taking

34. In the Garden

58. The Value of One the Power of Many

35. Beach Front Modern

59. Pedestrian

9. Indoors Out 10.  DTK Outdoor Mural 11. 345 King Street West

36. Recollection & Transformation of Memory

57. The Tile Project

60. Ectospore 61. Tranquility // Refreshed // Red Berries // Yellow Berries // Daisy, Daisy

12.  We are all the Same // Welcome // Grandchildren’s Joy

37. Cultured Pallets: SAIB 38. Grizzly Bear

62. Love is Everywhere

13. Celestial Mechanics

39. Who are you?

63. Blood in the Water (Six Miles Deep)

14. Between the Acts

40. We’wha

64. In The Clouds

15. 30 Ontario Alley

41. The Condor and the Eagle

16. You Go First

42. Halls Lane 3

65. Isolation // Connection

17. The Electrohome

43. Halls Lane 2

66. DTK Photo Walk

18. Great Horned Owl

44. Halls Lane 1

67. Individuality

19. The Goudie Mural

45. We are the Same Beings

68. Focus

20. Goudies Lane 5

69. Umbrellas Charles Street Terminal

23. Goudies Lane 2

46. HOUSE FIRE (Chronic Heartbreak) & ALRIGHT

24. Goudies Lane 1

47. Remember to

71. Dancer & His Reflection in a Puddle

25. Queen Street Placemaking Project

48. Kinship

72. Mindsounds

49. Halls Lane 4

73. Huron Park Aerial

50. Zhashagi

74. Serene

21. Goudies Lane 4 22. Goudies Lane 3

26. Stories of New Beginnings

51. Shy Shayesté

70. Toward the Light

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1 | Aporia

APORIA Artist: Ed Zelenak Location: 200 Frederick Street Medium: Fibreglass sculpture Noted artist Ed Zelenak designed this controversial twisted orange fibreglass sculpture that sits on the lawn outside of the old courthouse, given as a gift from the province in 1980. The piece has been part of our community landscape for 40 years with little information provided. As former Kitchener councillor and culture advocate Jean Haalboom speculated in an opinion piece for Kitchener Post back in 2017, was Aporia perhaps “ … meant to lighten up the 1977, three-storey, windowless concrete building, a mid-century modern example of the Brutalist style of architecture [of the courthouse].” Zelenak’s artwork explores the condition of the inner self — the dichotomies of life, and the interplay of intuition and logic through the use of the familiar iconography of trees, crosses, stairs, arrows and circles. Born in 1940, Zelenak studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design from 1957-1959, and resumed his art studies in 1960 at the Fort Worth Art Centre and Barsch Kelly Atelier in Dallas, Texas. He held the position of Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the University of Western Ontario, London, ON from 1979-1988. He has been a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts since 1976. Zelenak’s work is included in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada; Art Gallery of Ontario; Musee Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland; Czech Museum of Fine Arts, Prague; the Chicago Athenaeum, Chicago; and The Ukrainian Museum, New York.

2 | American Ledger (Nº.1)

AMERICAN LEDGER (Nº.1) Artist: Raven Chacon (@ravenchcn) Location: KWAG, 101 Queen Street North Medium: Vinyl transfer

Raven Chacon is a composer, performer and installation artist from Fort Defiance, Navajo Nation. As a solo artist, collaborator, or with Postcommodity, Chacon has exhibited or performed at Whitney Biennial, Documenta 14, REDCAT, Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal, San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Chaco Canyon, Ende Tymes Festival, 18th Biennale of Sydney, and The Kennedy Center. Every year, he teaches 20 students to write string quartets for the Native American Composer Apprenticeship Project (NACAP). He is the recipient of the United States Artists Fellowship in Music, The Creative Capital Award in Visual Arts, The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation artist fellowship, and the American Academy’s Berlin Prize for Music Composition. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Toronto, ON. The intention of American Ledger (No.1) is to be performed by many players with sustaining and percussive instruments, voices, coins, axe and wood, a police whistle and the striking of a match. The artist invites any number of musicians with any number of non-musicians to perform the piece. Instructions for performers can be found on the outdoor wall label next to the piece. All are encouraged to perform the score. The video of this performance can be viewed online at

3 | Protecting the Memory

PROTECTING THE MEMORY Artist: Timothy Schmalz (@timschmalz) Location: Civic District Park (across from CITS), Margaret and Queen Street Medium: Bronze casting

Ten bronze Firefighter helmets, each bearing the name of a fallen Firefighter are part of the work. Schmalz’s monument shows Firefighters rushing to the scene under the cover of angels’ wings while the angels kneel in sorrow for the Firefighters’ fallen brothers. The reverse side of the monument shows an angel praying for the fallen Firefighters with a cityscape safely sheltered in its wings. The perspective of the city is from high above as if the fallen Firefighters are looking down from heaven on the city they sacrificed their lives to protect.

4 | Past | Present | Future

PAST|PRESENT|FUTURE Artist: Ernest Daetwyler (@ernestdaetwyler) Location: 20 Weber Street East Medium: Mixed media (limestone, bricks, steel) sculpture

On September 30, 2014, Regional Council approved the commissioning of Past | Present | Future by Ernest Daetwyler for installation at the Former County Courthouse at 20 Weber St. E., Kitchener. Daetwyler’s series of seven spheres of different materials and sizes was purposeful — to get people thinking about evolution and the notion of time, while also involving Indigenous women from the Grand Valley Institution in Kitchener. The three limestone spheres refer to a distant past. A larger sphere is made of bricks, taken from some old downtown buildings. The reflective, steel sphere represents the present. The piece makes a strong artistic statement in line with the project theme, which is the evolution of the site and of the Regional government and complements the site, the historically significant courthouse building, and nearby Governor’s House and Gaol. People are encouraged to visit the site to engage with the artwork and enjoy the public space. The artwork is located on the Queen Street side of the property next to the Ontario Heritage Trust plaques.

5 | Footprints

FOOTPRINTS Artist: Nicholas Rees Location: Downtown Community Centre, 35 Weber Street West Medium: Cast Portland cement

A whimsical take on creating paths and storytelling in a literal footstep sense. Using historic samples of footwear that had been donated to the Artifacts Project by Tom Kaufman, President of Kaufman Footwear. The samples would have been made in the King Street plant Downtown Kitchener. The imprints suggest footsteps leading to the Community Centre.

6 | Anvil

ANVIL Artist: Nicholas Rees Location: Kitchener City Hall (outside Duke Street entrance), 200 King Street West Medium: Ferrocement

Nicholas Rees’ piece symbolizes Kitchener’s industrial past and hopes for the future. The anvil acknowledges the industrial history of Kitcheners as expressed by the City’s motto,” Ex Industria prosperitas” translated to “The industry success”. Also, it resonates with the Kitchener Industrial Artifacts Project which was founded in 1996 by Rees in partnership with the City of Kitchener. The Artifacts Project celebrates the local industry and its history, where the placement of selected pieces resonates on many levels connecting their significance in that specific location.

7 | Horsepower

HORSEPOWER Artists: Brad Golden and Lynne Eichenberg Location: Kitchener City Hall (outside Duke Street entrance), 200 King Street West Medium: Mixed media (glass, iron, steel, aluminum)

Commissioned to celebrate the opening of the new City Hall in 1993, this piece recognizes the historical role industry played in Kitchener’s development. This sculpture was inspired by the well-preserved stock of industrial buildings within the city. The project features a composition of four large machinery wheels complimented by a monument glazing screen. The screen facing City Hall displays images selected from the city archives on the surface. A large frosted image of a regional scene faces the countryside beyond.

Stainless steel letters are inlaid in the surfaces of the two benches within the sodded area of the artwork that spells “Industria” and “Prosperitas” – both words taken from the City of Kitchener’s motto which are representative of the values of the City and the metaphor of the artwork.

8 | Taking Care / Care-Taking

TAKING CARE /CARE-TAKING Artist: Tara Cooper (@tara_and_terry) Location: 30 Water Street North Medium: Digital illustration

Tara Cooper has an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach to making — print, ceramics, rug hooking, documentary filmmaking and collage. Recent accomplishments include artist residencies at Haystack, Vermont Studio Center, Ox-Bow and Anderson Ranch, as well as several arts council grants and a public art commission for Kitchener Waterloo’s ION transit system. She is also coeditor of Printopolis, a publication examining contemporary print in Canada. Tara is an Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo, Department of Fine Arts.

This graphic garden is about taking care. It draws inspiration from Matisse and his cut-out series — the period towards the end of his life when he said, “You see as I am obliged to remain often in bed because of the state of my health, I have made a little garden all around me where I can walk.” The abstracted forms are based on three plants: cowslip, camphor, laurel and flax, which are thought to relieve everything from nervousness and tremors to blood clots and insomnia. Text elements serve as poetic catchphrases that ultimately soothe, aids with sleep and calm nerves.

9 | Indoors Out

INDOORS OUT Artist: Stephanie Scott (@sstephaniesscott) Location: LCBO Courtyard, King Street West Medium: Acrylic paint on plywood

Stephanie Scott is an Illustrator and Designer specializing in murals and environmental branding. With an education in Fine Art and Graphic Design, her work unifies her skills in both traditional and digital media. Based on childhood nostalgia, the bright and inviting colour palette of Scott’s mural brings a sense of personality throughout, and is intended to brighten and be an inviting piece in the LCBO Courtyard. The simple shapes and strong lines provide a pleasant unifying feeling while sitting at the outdoor lounging space.

10 | Downtown Kitchener Outdoor Mural

DOWNTOWN KITCHENER OUTDOOR MURAL Artist: Trisha Abe (@trishaabe) Location: Across from Kitchener City Hall Medium: Acrylic paint on plywood

Trisha Abe is a painter, illustrator, and muralist based in Kitchener, Ontario. Abe’sdive into the world of visual arts was sudden and intense. She is heavily influenced by female portraiture and her work embraces the human form through minimalism and celebrates strong character, diversity, and feminine energy. Abe aims to breakdown complex, multidimensional beings into their most basic elements. Her painted murals for a number of clients include: Shopify, Inkbox Toronto, Communitech, and the Cities of Kitchener and Waterloo. Cited from Abe’s website

11 | 345 King Street West

345 KING STREET WEST Artist: Joe Martz (@joemartz) Location: 1 Young Street (facing King Street) Medium: Photography

Joe Martz is an architectural and urban Photographer that finds inspiration from the urban and structural balance in city landscapes. Martz has not only been able to capture local city scapes and architecture, but also globally. Martz was able to capture and play with the reflection off of the 345 King West building with the clouds and crisp blue skies. This leading line, extremely sharp photography can evoke an abstract, relatable and familiar feeling when viewing it all at once. With the balance between colour, contrast and line, the viewer can enjoy this playful dance between nature and what was fabricated.

12 | Welcome // We are all the Same // Grandchildren’s Joy

WELCOME // WE ARE ALL THE SAME // GRANDCHILDREN’S JOY Artist: Pamela Rojas ( Location: King Street (exterior mural KW Multicultural Centre), 102 King Street West Medium: Mixed media mural

Pamela Rojas believes in and enjoys creating art as an individual artist. As a community art project where she integrates people in the process of executing the work, her experience teaches that art can be a vivid experience for different groups of people, and it also creates community bridges. Rojas’ designs are inspired by a mix of Latin American muralists and Folk Art Style. Her painting presents us with a magical, peaceful, serene world with candour and imaginative spontaneity. She explores vivid colours, emotions, and the fusion of ceramic details. The essence and the character of Rojas’ style sprouts from the innocence of the mind, and simplicity, which removes constraints and allows more liberty in composition — transmitting a sense of happiness and surprise in a world as though seen by people for the first time.

13 | Celestial Mechanics

CELESTIAL MECHANICS Artist: Kate Wilson (@kate.wilson.eidetics), CAFKA (@cafkabiennial) Location: KW Multicultural Centre, 102 King Street West Medium: Acrylic paint on brick

Kate Wilson’s practice has focused on large-scale wall drawing installations, having recently completed a drawing entitled Microbial Baroque at the Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax Nova Scotia. In collaboration with Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area (CAFK+A) a non-profit, artist-run organization that presents a free biennial exhibition of contemporary art in the public spaces of the City of Kitchener and across the Region of Waterloo. Celestial Mechanics is a large scale architecturally site-specific wall drawing. Wilson’s drawings flirt with abstraction and recall macro views of botanical and astronomical forms. They take on the appearance of intimate, colourful, doodles that have been magnified to larger proportions. Cited from

14 | Between the Acts

BETWEEN THE ACTS Artist: Jane Buyers Location: 36 King Street West Medium: Bronze

Between the Acts is a bronze relief representing part of the drapery and hem of a brocade theatre curtain, which appears to be billowing through the brick facade of the building from the stage inside. The King Street Theatre, similar to most contemporary theatres, does not have a stage curtain. Nevertheless, the curtain remains a powerful symbol of the border between everyday life and the heightened experience that is the theatre. The image of a curtain embodies the anticipation, the excitement, the sense of magic and transformation that lie at the core of the theatrical experience. Since Theatre & Company has since closed, this artwork serves as a bit of a historical document of what was once there.

15 | 30 Ontario Alley

30 ONTARIO ALLEY Artist: Andrew Thom (@rapspray) Location: Show & Tell, 30 Ontario Street Medium: Mixed media mural and spray paint

In the alleyway at the side of his coffee shop, Show & Tell, Andrew Thom expanded and created this piece to run the entire length of the building. This piece brought together by three smaller pieces brings exploration to letter-forms. It accents, juxtapositions between flat, monochromatic colour palettes seen in the lettering and 3-dimensional atmosphere of the background.

Thom’s typographical and shape-driven mural gives viewers an opportunity to come to their own conclusion on the context of the piece as a whole. His use of heavy line work to create the illusion of a light source allows the piece to pop off the wall. It’s this form of art that inspires Thom to continue exploring different avenues, letter-forms, colour and artistic culture.

16 | You Go First

YOU GO FIRST Artist: Michelle Purchase (@michelle_purchase_studio) Location: 48 Ontario Street Medium: Etching with chine-collé

Working primarily in printmaking, drawing and installation, Michelle Purchase’s work investigates the relationships between homes and the natural world. She explores concepts of comfort and shelter, and how we purposefully try to feel either connected or disconnected to our surrounding environment. Her work plays with the balance between exposure and seclusion, in both a physical and a psychological sense. Based on real places, using natural and handmade materials, she transforms the familiar into a magical space. Much of her artwork invokes a sense of childhood nostalgia or sparks getaway dreams. This mural was created from a print. It is a copper plate etching and drypoint, printed on Japanese mitsumata and gampi tissue, with coloured elements collaged from various bits of washi using chine-collé techniques.

17 | The Electrohome

THE ELECTROHOME Artist: Christina Peori Location: Side of Duke Street parking garage Medium: Mixed media and plaster

The mural depicts Electrohome Ltd., previously a prominent manufacturer of appliances and electrical equipment. Set in the 1900s this mural showcases a large balloon with examples of Electrohome’s products and family set in the middle of the balloon. The baby in the piece portrays the son of Arthur B. Pollock, Founder of the Electrohomes. Expanding on family ties and connection to one another, this mural provides strong leading lines and captures the viewer’s eye within the balloon.

18 | Great Horned Owl

GREAT HORNED OWL Artist: PELLVETICA, Sandy + Steve Pell (@pellvetica) Location: 8 Queen Street West (back of building facing Ontario Street) Medium: Digital illustration

The creative duo marries their backgrounds in graphic design, illustration and photography to create interactive mural experiences. They’ve collaborated with numerous global brands including, Google, Boeing, Allianz Global Assistance, Hootsuite, Crealy, City of Vancouver, Free People, Royal Canadian Mint and more. The Pell’s high-contrast artistic style combines an underlying logical grid system with an intuitive organic pattern overlay. In each work, their goal is to celebrate the intersection of order and chaos and help people experience moments beyond words. No stroke is less important than any other, yet all strokes are needed to create the whole experience. Artworks are inspired by the varied reactions they conjure in viewers, whether that brings feelings of peace, empowerment, confidence, stress, passion, anxiety and even chaos. The duo has worked on multiple formats, including interactive murals, large-scale prints, fine-art prints, colouring books, vinyl application and apparel graphics overlaid on objects including skis, bike frames and various types of merchandise.

19 | The Goudie Mural

THE GOUDIE MURAL Artist: The Firm Location: Goudies Lane (entrance through Queen Street North) Medium: Mixed media mural and spray paint

This mural was brought to life by The Firm, a mural collective who captured the vision of Downtown Kitchener through live music and art. As it was completed, people enjoyed live entertainment from a band performing beside the wall in the alcove where the mural resides.

20 | Goudies Lane Nº5

GOUDIES LANE Nº5 Artist: Jordan Warmington (@jordan_war) Location: Goudies Lane (entrance through Queen Street North) Medium: Mixed media mural

Jordan Warmington’s tattooing style, and use of flat and punchy colours, are clearly translated into this mural. Bold lines and a four-colour palette allow for a captivating piece that highlights a little something for everyone and creates a depth and sense of movement.

21 | Goudies Lane Nº4

GOUDIES LANE Nº4 Artist: Andrew Thom (@rapspray) Location: Goudies Lane (entrance through Queen Street North) Medium: Mixed media mural and spray paint

Andrew Thom finds inspiration through a wide range of aspects when it comes to his street art, finding the lines and highlights through light, movement and a selected colour palette. Thom works with trending and popular colour palettes accompanied by letter exploration, deviating from traditional understandings of how letter-forms work with each other. Thom pushes the boundaries of what letter-forms and light sources can do. He enjoys the whole process of exploration and lets himself and viewers rationalize and interpret his work from their own perspectives. Whether that is through following the map of movement designed by Thom or enjoying the colour integration with its surroundings, his pieces are yours to discover.

22 | Goudies Lane Nº3

GOUDIES LANE Nº3 Artist: Stephanie Boutari (@stephboutari) Location: Goudies Lane (entrance through Queen Street North) Medium: Mixed media mural and exterior acrylic paint

Stephanie Boutari is known for her large scale architecturally-inspired pieces, accompanied by vibrant colours, a wide range of depth and detail. Boutari emphasizes her work with strong lines and uniform shapes that join one to another in a harmonious balance between colour, structure, depth of field, gestalt and other elements and principles of design. Focusing on gradients, this piece allows the brick to take on a sense of breaking through a visual fourth wall.

23 | Goudies Lane Nº2

GOUDIES LANE Nº2 Artist: Tori Ward Location: Goudies Lane (entrance through Queen Street North) Medium: Mixed media mural and acrylic paint

An almost sketchbook-like style, this mural provides a nice punch of contrast with the simple black and white figures planting and taking care of nature. Along with three children, the poem helps tell the story to bring strong balance and relatable qualities when viewing this mural, not shying away from topics that are relevant to all viewers.

24 | Goudies Lane Nº1

GOUDIES LANE Nº1 Artist: Clare Binnie (@binnieclareart), Underground Gallery (@undergroundgallery) Location: Goudies Lane (entrance through Queen Street North) Medium: Mixed media mural and acrylic paint

This organic and free-flowing form takes on an interpretation of the city as a whole. Using strong use of colour and movement, the viewer’s eye can move throughout the piece, taking notice of the buildings and clock tower of Victoria Park. This piece allows for the viewer’s own interpretation.

25 | Queen Street Placemaking Project

QUEEN STREET PLACEMAKING PROJECT Artist: Designed through community engagement Location: Intersection of Queen Street and King Street Medium: Duratherm on asphalt

The design in the Queen Street corridor helps mark the importance of the Queen Street and King Street intersection as the centre of downtown Kitchener, and signals the space is a place for people, not just cars. It also helps to provide traffic calming and connectivity for pedestrians crossing Queen Street via either Halls Lane or Goudies Lane. This work is part of the Queen Street reconstruction that includes the redesign of Vogelsang Green. The design itself is a colourful, abstract piece that works in a series of icons related to the area, including crowns symbolizing King and Queen streets, a heart to symbolize the heart of downtown, opera masks and more.

26 | Stories of New Beginnings

STORIES OF NEW BEGINNINGS Artist: Pamela Rojas ( Location: 256 King Street East Medium: Mixed media mural

Celebrating 14 years of providing support to newly arrived refugees this mural is filled with vibrant colours and the narration of a strong cultured community. Spanning the length of the building, this mural allows you to gravitate to the warm colours, inviting scenery and sense of community.

27 | Sweet Pea

SWEET PEA Artist: Walter Gibson Location: Kitchener Market (Eby Street), 300 King Street East Medium: Terrazzo tille, glass, mosaic tile, copper, concrete (fountain)

This elegant and playful fountain, stretching 33 feet long, is in the shape of a pea pod. It functions as a seating area, and the centre of the fountain features running water over five copper peas. The fountain benches were designed out of traditional terrazzo glass; the colourful higher back area is Byzantine glass mosaic. This fountain was created for when the market was opening at the current location, making references to the food and farming.

28 | The Market Walk

THE MARKET WALK Artist: Nicole Beno (@nicole_beno) Location: Eby Street Crossway Medium: Thermoplastic road paint

Inspired by the sounds, smells, sights, tastes, atmosphere and culture of the market on a busy Saturday morning, Beno created a mural that spans the width of Eby Street. Tapping into what Beno’s visits to the market are like, she utilizes her style of abstraction and colour theory, line, unity, shape and movement to represent the vibrancy of the market — capturing the organicness, and seasonality of it all.

29 | German Heritage

THE GERMAN HERITAGE OF THE KITCHENERWATERLOO REGION Artist: Gus Froese Location: Market Lane entrance to the Kitchener Market, 300 King Street East Medium: Mixed media mural

Constructed as if reading an old newspaper, this piece showcases the German heritage of the City. Capturing a couple dancing, and melding both historic and present-day images. The colour palette used is influenced by German culture, with rich earthy tones and aspects showcased in traditional German clothing. The work is encased with a decorative border that lets the piece blend organically onto the market wall.

30 | Downtown Presence

DOWNTOWN PRESENCE Artist: Monte Wright Location: Market Lane entrance to the Kitchener Market, 300 King Street East Medium: Mixed media mural

This mural uses a colour palette that resonates with strength, honour and humble caring feelings. The story told through the piece leads the viewer’s eyes to the centre and back out to the other side of the mural. The movement allows for every element to be showcased in its own unique way.

31 | Kitchener Market Piazza

KITCHENER MARKET PIAZZA Artist: Melika Hashemi (@melihashemi), Meg Harder (@meg.harder) Location: Kitchener Market piazza, 300 King Street East Medium: Paint

Melika Hashemi’s earlier works are reimaginations of aspects of Iranian culture experienced in hyphenated ways, and her current works reflect concerns with marginality, resistance and her relationship to “home.” An aspect of Meg Harder’s work considers the social history of Fraktur Folk Art — imaginative, illuminated calligraphy made by early Mennonite settlers to Ontario. Hashemi and Harder were drawn together by the aesthetic resonances between Persian and Mennonite visual culture. This mural design mixes motifs and patterns from each cannon, to create a colourful and eye-catching hybrid space that reflects the modern intercultural realities of Kitchener. The abstract design reveals small scenes compiled from historic Fraktur and Persian miniature illustrations. Botanical motifs and highly stylized text are featured in both Persian and Mennonite artwork. This mural will also feature site-responsive poetry by Seth Razlaff and Bashar Jabbour. Together, these different elements blend in celebration of food, culture and gathering.

32 | The Mural of Belonging

THE MURAL OF BELONGING Artist: Pamela Rojas (, August Swinson (@augustillustrated), Mono Gonzalez (@monogonzalezchile), The Firm (@thefirm.murals), Ian Pierce (@artesekeo), coordinated by Neruda Arts Location: Charles Street near Cameron Heights Medium: Mixed media mural

Neruda Arts had the vision to create a huge mural representing the desire and need to belong to a community. This ambitious concept was realized, and the 150-foot mural, to coincide with Canada’s 150-year celebrations, was installed on Charles Street in Kitchener in September 2017. The mural came to fruition as the amazing local and international artists funnelled the skills of over 150 talented members of our community.

By recognizing that Canada is a nation of immigrants living on Indigenous land, through this mural, they explored the Indigenous, multicultural and Canadian identity by visually narrating the story of belonging. The activity itself brought different cultural communities of all ages together to create a piece of beautiful art, from varied perspectives — about the need to belong, the celebration of equity, social justice and respect for cultural diversity on this land we all call home.

33 | Animanimus

ANIMANIMUS Artist: Ted Fullerton Location: Corner of King and Madison Street Medium: Bronze

A two-part sculpture comprising a figure elevated on a pole accompanied by a chair element. Animanimus celebrates Kitchener’s proud tradition and heritage of manufacturing, retail, hospitality community and symbolically utilizes the universal image of the chair. Animanimus is a created word from two psychological terms: anima, animus. It represents a fusion of the soul, spirit, and hospitality.

34 | In the Garden

IN THE GARDEN Artist: Stephanie Scott (@sstephaniesscott) Location: 9 Eby Street East Medium: Latex paint on brick

Stephanie Scott works closely with clients to create designs that are tailored to them and feel like an extension of their brand. Some of her work can be seen around Waterloo Region at Catalyst 137, Wilfred Laurier University, 44 Gaukel and St. Jacobs Village. Starting each project with an open mind and a blank slate helps Scott create a custom design for each space. Add to this, endless curiosity, which fuels the research phase of every project. Scott loves any excuse to dig through archives or get lost in books. She continuously collects all kinds of resources and inspiration, waiting for the perfect time to use them. Regardless of what style or subject matter she is working with, when it comes to public art, Scott’s goal is always to create an uplifting atmosphere that can be enjoyed by anyone.

35 | Beach Front Modern

BEACH FRONT MODERN Artist: Amanda Rhodenizer (@amandarhodenizer) Location: NEO Architecture, 243 King Street East Medium: Oil on canvas Amanda Rhodenizer holds a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (2006) and an MFA from the University of Waterloo (2014). Recent solo exhibitions include The Larger Forgetting at Open Sesame in Kitchener, and Parallel Play at ARTsPLACE Artist-Run-Centre in Annapolis Royal, NS. Rhodenizer wishes to acknowledge the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, the Ontario Arts Council and the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund. Beach Front Modern explores the narrative potential that exists between hosts and guests within the short-term rental market. Inspired by a photo shoot that took place in one such property in Kingsburg, Nova Scotia, this painting is part of the 2017 series Parallel Play. In this piece, the interactions between figures speak to contemporary concerns surrounding accommodations within the sharing economy, while also making reference to colonial settler life. The Canadian landscape is depicted with a limited palette and framed through a specific vantage point; a mark of our ongoing legacy of monetizing the beauty of the land we live on.

36 | Recollection & Transformation of Memory

RECOLLECTION & TRANSFORMATION OF MEMORY Artist: Allan MacKay Location: Speaker’s Corner, 2 Benton Street Medium: Stainless steel, ceramic tile and granite

By incorporating literal and abstract images, based on source pictures of the current site, an interactive experience is provided for the viewer. The sculpture is a combination of abstract coloured porcelain tiles, reflected and transformed by a stainless-steel pillar acting like a mirror — into a recognizable image of the site before the modernization process. This perspective technique in visual arts is called anamorphosis. The granite walls contain a series of etched literal and abstract images, as well as text placed strategically on the sculpture and wall elements. The text reinforces the notion of public voice and the purpose of the site (Speaker’s Corner) through repeating phrases: “SPEAKING PUBLIC SPEAKING and SPEAK UP and SPEAK OUT”.

37 | Cultured Pallets: SAIB

CULTURED PALLETS: SAIB Artist: Soheila Esfahani (@soheila.esfahani) Location: 50 Queen Street South Medium: Acrylic on recycled wooden pallets

Soheila Esfahani grew up in Tehran, Iran and moved to Canada in 1992. She is an award-winning visual artist and educator, and is a recipient of numerous awards and grants. Her work has been exhibited across Canada and collected by various public and private institutions, including the Canada Council’s Art Bank. Esfahani’s art practice explores how cultures can be transformed and translated through installations that play on the literal and metaphorical meanings of “translation”. Esfahani’s art practice explores the terrains of cultural translation and investigates the processes involved in cultural transfer and transformation. Returning to the etymological roots of translation as “carrying or bringing across,” her Cultured Pallets series uses shipping pallets to embody and facilitate the notion of cultural translation. These transient installations emerge from her ongoing process of marking shipping pallets with various ornamentation. After exhibiting the work, she returns the pallets to circulation and tracks them by engaging in correspondence with those who find them. Her installations evoke issues of migration as people and, ultimately, function as “bearers” and “translators” of culture in our current globalized state.

38 | Grizzly Bear

GRIZZLY BEAR Artist: Chris Austin (@chrisaustinart) Location: Halls Lane, 41 King Street West Medium: Mixed media mural and spray paint

Starting to paint at 15, Chris Austin used his work as a creative outlet, embracing originality. Austin is proud of his style, which has shaped his work throughout Downtown and the Region. Collaborating with artists of many facets, Austin has been able to broaden his network and creative reach to the City. Grizzly bears play a large part in Austin’s work, allowing him to be able to tap into something that is frightening to him and to be able to embrace it with open arms. When this mural was created, it was intended to make the Downtown core more lively and vibrant with art. This piece is the second part of the bear series he created. Allowing for the quick fluid lines to flow through, captivating his style, it has become a staple to anyone who walks down Halls Lane.

39 | Who You Are…

WHO YOU ARE... Artist: St. Marie φ Walker (@timeanddesire) Location: Halls Lane, 41 King Street West Medium: Digital print on vinyl

St Marie φ Walker have collaborated for over a decade. Their exhibitions have included Nuit Blanche Toronto, CAFKA, Supercrawl, Landslide: Possible Futures, the Art Gallery of Windsor, the Art Gallery of Mississauga, Latcham Gallery, Malaspina Printmakers, Art Souterrain and Art Mur. Their work has been funded by municipal, provincial and federal agencies. In 2018 they were each awarded a Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal from the University of Waterloo for their collaborative thesis work. St Marie φ Walker are artist-researchers who examine conventional beliefs about value, personal identity and public space. Their process begins with a critical dialogue about the psychological dimensions of language and authority, and their entanglement with social norms and environmental cues. Their work frequently incorporates humour, absurdity, self-reflection and curiosity, as well as an aesthetic philosophy that treats text as an object, subject and material.

40 | We’Wha

WE’WHA Artist: Shawn Johnson (@nationandvoices), Donna Noah – Aahasuwiimiikwan (@aahaasuwiimiikwan) Location: 50 Ontario Street Medium: Bead work and photography

Shawn Johnston (They/Them) is a Two-Spirit Anishinaabe originally from Couchiching First Nations. Johnston has spent the last five years travelling the world and using their photography to share the stories of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour. Johnston’s work has been on display throughout KitchenerWaterloo, most recently on “The Cube’ at Kitchener City Hall. The bead-work in Johnston’s photography, created by Donna Noah, pays tribute to We’wha of Zuni Nation. We’wha was a Two-Spirit, Transgender person who was an artist and leader for their people. The bead-work was photographed in a bush of forget-me-nots as a reminder that Two-Spirit folks have always existed. The basket they carry, made from porcupine quills, represents creativity and the labour involved when helping build community. We’wha is a part of a photo series titled ‘Women’s Teachings’ and could be viewed in the fall of 2020 at Fanshawe College’s Learning Commons space.

41 | The Condor and the Eagle

THE CONDOR AND THE EAGLE Artist: Alapinta (, Neruda Arts ( Location: Halls Lane (on the side of Grand Trunk Saloon), 30 Ontario Street South Medium: Mixed media mural

This mural was created as a tribute to the Mapuche and Six Nation’s Peoples, the original caretakers of the land. Neruda Arts brought Alapinta (Chile), who came to Canada, and had many conversations with Six Nations and local Indigenous organizations, before beginning the mural. Conversations regarding strong storytelling and narration, represented with strong lines, vibrant colour and fluid movement were had. This mural engages the viewer and inspires imagination through imagery while celebrating cultural expression. This massive mural has been a focus of Downtown since 2014. Alapinta has been an artist collective from La Araucanía region, Chile, since 2004, inspired by public art, graffiti and murals. They paint dreams and realities, taking art to various public and private spaces, focusing on health, education, culture, and heritage, among others.

This collaboration between these two groups showcases strong storytelling and narration. Accompanied by strong lines, movement, colour, shapes and gestalt, this massive mural has been a staple of Downtown Kitchener since 2014. Tapping into cultural references and imagery, this piece allows for imagination and inspiration to showcase at the forefront.

42 | Halls Lane Nº3

HALLS LANE Nº3 Artist: Bruno Smoky (@brunosmoky) Location: 61 Halls Lane (behind DNA Screen Printing) Medium: Mixed media mural and spray paint

The Artist Bruno, also known as “Smoky”, has dedicated his life to visual art. Since childhood, drawing and creativity was always a part of his daily routine. In 2004 he began painting on walls with spray paint in Brasilandia, a precarious neighbourhood in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he grew up. This piece is a hopeful message of growth and rebirth — a peaceful communion between technology and nature through a respectful balance, represented by the recycling symbol and careful use of colour. Promoting this Region’s existing conservation on technology for good, Smoky hopes to inspire the community to explore Halls Lane in Downtown Kitchener.

Smoky has gained international and professional recognition through his artistic journeys throughout Brazil, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Argentina, Paraguay, Sweden, USA, Germany, The Netherlands, England and Canada. Smoky has worked in various organizations and NGO’s teaching the history of graffiti and its role in society to at-risk youth. He is currently the coordinator for the Essencia Arts Collective, and a founding member of Clandestinos Crew. Recently, Smoky moved to Toronto, Canada, together with his wife and artistic collaborator, Shalak, and continues his art practice.

43 | Halls Lane Nº2

HALLS LANE Nº2 Artist: Clandestinos Art (@clandestinosart) Location: Halls Lane (behind Matter of Taste), 19 King Street West Medium: Mixed media mural and spray paint

Clandestinos Art (Shalak Attack and Bruno Smoky) explores the presence of nature and urban art context. This immersive mural aims to inspire those that encounter it, and bring forward discussions around the significance and power of the natural world, within an ever-changing built environment. This work is a reminder of the cycles, resilience and sacred power of nature. This mural project extends across the lane in a wonderfully different direction, while maintaining a singular verve of the artistic talent collectively called ‘Clandestinos’.

44 | Halls Lane Nº1

HALLS LANE Nº1 Artist: Shalak Attack (@shalakattack) Location: Halls Lane (behind Matter of Taste), 119 King Street West Medium: Mixed media mural and spray paint

Shalak Attack is a Canadian-Chilean visual artist dedicated to painting, muralism, spray paint urban art and canvas art. For over a decade, Attack has manifested her artistic expression on walls across the planet. Attack’s practice fuses the spirit of South American muralism with contemporary street art. Her distinctive multi-layered and signature use of colour are emblematic of her unique style that inhabits the realm of psychedelic magical realism.

45 | We are the Same Beings

WE ARE THE SAME BEINGS Artist: Brubey Hu (@brubeyhu), CAFKA (@cafkabiennial) Location: 157 Halls Lane (behind Bobby O’Brien’s) Medium: Digital illustration on vinyl

Brubey Hu’s work explores architectural space, colour theory, memory and translation through the lens of duality both visually and conceptually. “A duality that exists within a body, does not necessarily exist as a pair of oppositions.” The pair can also be complementary to each other or live at the same time as coexistence. Being bilingual and living-in-between, translation is a process that she frequently engages with. Through subtractive simplification, her works are her attempt to discuss the notions of consensus and reconciliation. They transcend flat images or physical space and objects, and document introspective moments. Hu is a recent MFA graduate from the University of Waterloo. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art. Originally born in Xiamen, China, Hu moved to Vancouver in 2011, then to the United States. She has exhibited at Art Mûr in Montreal, Hui Yuan in Hefei, China and at Florida International University in Miami, US.

46 | HOUSE FIRE (Chronic Heartbreak) & ALRIGHT

HOUSE FIRE (CHRONIC HEARTBREAK) & ALRIGHT Artist: Tee Kundu (@lukitstee), CAFKA (@cafkabiennial) Location: 157 Halls Lane (behind Bobby O’Brien’s) Medium: Digital illustration on vinyl

Tee Kundu takes from personal and communal anecdotes and finds playfulness in stories of both joy and sorrow. Living under an unsustainable system hurts, and Kundu has found that the only appropriate response to our current ways of living is heartbreak. It is a chronic condition, fuelled by an anxious, over-worked, exhausted population. Kundu feels they are part of this population, as are you. Finding humour in our stories is an act of resistance, and of defiance. It is an act of hope. Heartbreak takes time, and love and patience. We can give each other that. And these stories, they feel they can give to you. Tee Kundu is an interdisciplinary artist and illustrator. They mostly draw things. In addition, they often work in social practice, performance, zines, facilitation and they’re a DIY dabbler. They want to be a storyteller, and they want to be helpful.

47 | Remember to

REMEMBER TO Artist: Racquel Rowe (@kellrowe), CAFKA (@cafkabiennial) Location: 157 Halls Lane (behind Bobby O’Brien’s) Medium: Digital illustration on vinyl

Racquel Rowe’s practice explores the realm of gender politics and family structures. She primarily explores the family structures within the Caribbean, with particular emphasis on her own family and the matriarchs within it. Recently she spent a few months in Barbados and was able to reflect on certain practices that connect people through generations. Simple things can often be the hardest to remember, and Rowe seeks to elevate the kind of elementary actions we often take for granted but that can have a big impact on those around us. Rowe is a multidisciplinary artist from the island of Barbados, who currently lives and works in the Kitchener-Waterloo Region. She completed her BA at the University of Guelph in 2013, and is currently in the second year of the MFA program at the University of Waterloo. Rowe has shown work in and around the GTA as well as the Caribbean.

48 | Kinship

KINSHIP Artist: Alanah Jewel (, CAFKA (@cafkabiennial) Location: Halls Lane Medium: Mixed media mural

Alanah Astehtsi Otsisohkwa Jewell is a bear clan artist from Oneida Nation of the Thames. She uses digital illustrations, acrylic paintings on wood and canvas and mural work to bring Indigenous art and representation to urban spaces. She is also a community organizer, and hosts Indigenous Art Markets in her home City of Kitchener, Ontario. “Kinship is a reflection of two different, parallel worlds: one where we long to be connected to community, and one where we are fully immersed in community. I have lived in both of these worlds.” “For those in the first world: you aren’t alone. The distance we feel from community is collective, and connects us to one another as a form of distant kinship. For those in the second world, we are connected based on our shared values. I hope Kinship bridges the gap between these worlds, and inspires people to reach out, build meaningful relationships and understand the importance of belonging to community.”

49 | Halls Lane Nº4

HALLS LANE Nº4 Artist: Stephanie Boutari (@stephboutari) Location: Halls Lane (behind AOK Craft Beer + Arcade), 165 King Street West Medium: Spray paint and acrylic latex paint

Stephanie Boutari is known for her large scale architecturally-inspired pieces, accompanied by vibrant colours and a wide range of depth and detail. The design approach behind this artwork was driven by a desire to bring colour into public space, whilst making a subtle reference to digital technology — a nod to both the pixelated graphics of retro arcade games and the tech culture the area is known for. Leaf-like shapes appear to be ‘digitized’ through an abstraction of their form using geometric outlines and stripes: a visual juxtaposition of nature with technology. Similarly, the colour palette contrasts shades of green with more vivid, saturated hues and artificial colours such as magenta, all against a black backdrop — a play on how we often view the world through a digital lens or screen. The mural’s composition is centred on three large windows, working with the wall’s existing symmetry as if to be growing from within the middle window. The design intent here was to visually integrate the windows within the artwork while heightening the overall drama of the piece.

50 | Zhashagi

ZHASHAGI Artist: Luke Swinson (@lukeswinsonart) Location: 60 Charles Street West (Halls Lane side) Medium: Digital illustration

Luke Swinson is a visual artist with Anishinaabe roots from Kitchener, Ontario. A member of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, Luke’s work reflects his desire to better understand and reclaim his Indigenous culture. He seeks to promote cultural education and preservation through his art projects. Zhashagi means “Blue Heron” in Anishinaabemowin. Swinson has always felt a strong connection with the Heron throughout his life. Their confidence, independence and beauty have been a great source of inspiration to him. Zhashagi, along with much of his art, represents the relationship he has with his culture. As Swinson creates, he reads and learns about the subject of his art through the lens of Anishinaabe people. Swinson uses bold colours and shapes to make his art easy for others to understand and connect with. Swinson’s goal is that his artwork will develop and be nourished along with his understanding of Anishinaabe tradition and language.

51 | Shy Shayesté

SHY SHAYESTÉ Artist: Mélika Hashemi (@melihashemi) Location: 44 Gaukel Creative Workspace Medium: Digital collage

Mélika Hashemi is an Artist-Researcher and Curriculum Developer based in Kitchener, ON. She uses art as a device to find ways to renew intersectionality and learner] empowerment through the curriculum beyond screens and institutional walls. The #FleeingTheFolio series explores displacement as experienced by the many individuals who struggle to define or situate their identities when seeking or building community — it is to be stuck in a limbo of ‘longing to belong’. Collage — a technique familiar to most — is used here as an accessible approach to visually convey this complex experience.

52 | In the Keep of Change

IN THE KEEP OF CHANGE Artist: Vincent Marcone | My Pet Skeleton (@theartofmyoetskeleton) Location: 44 Gaukel Creative Workspace Medium: Digital illustration on vinyl

44 Gaukel Creative Workspace has had many functions, many faces and stood through many seasons. Students, entrepreneurs, scientists and artists have all used this space, and the constant that binds their experiences here is a spirit of creation. Three animals, native to the area, were chosen to symbolize the successful ingredients that live within 44 Gaukel. Each animal flourishes, ages, dies and is born again to illustrate the function of this transformative space. RAVEN = intelligence | adaptation | creation FOX = playfulness | agility | cunning RABBIT = abundance | prosperity | energy My Pet Skeleton is the pseudonym of graphic artist Vincent Marcone. He developed a unique style by mixing his affections for the 600-year-old art of intaglio printmaking and computer graphics. He has painted album covers, designed intricate online worlds and directed weirdo music videos that have won awards — from places as diverse as the Emmys, the Junos, and even a Cannes Film Festival nomination for his short film, “The Facts in the Case of Mister Hollow.”

53 | City of Owayseug

CITY OWAYSEUG Artist: Luke Swinson (@lukeswinsonart) Photographer: Taylor Jones (@someone) Location: Gaukel Street (between Joseph and Charles Street) Medium: Mixed media mural

Luke Swinson is a visual artist with Anishinaabe roots from Kitchener, Ontario. A member of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, Luke’s work reflects his desire to better understand and reclaim his Indigenous culture. He seeks to promote cultural education and preservation through his art projects. City Owayseug which means “city animals” in Anishinaabemowin is a reminder, in the heart of the city, of the relationship and responsibility we have to nature. Using the street as a canvas, Swinson’s art contributes to an evolving transition of Gaukel Street into a pedestrian-first street and public space.

54 | Rainbow Walkway

RAINBOW WALKWAY Location: Crosswalk at Gaukel and Joseph Street Medium: Thermoplastic road paint

Created during PRIDE 2018, outside of Victoria Park entrance, this walkway celebrates the inclusion of the LGBTQ community. It showcases the vibrant colours of the rainbow in bold thick lines and has become a signifier for everyone in the Downtown community.

55 | The Luggage Project

THE LUGGAGE PROJECT Artist: Ernest Daetwyler Location: Victoria Park (Gaukel Street entrance) Medium: Indiana limestone, bronze

Eight carved sculptures modelled after historic luggage pieces (to scale) are placed beside paths and in fountains. Daetwyler used luggage to symbolize the perspective of travellers and immigrants representing different periods in our past. The handles and labels of the luggage are cast in bronze. Each label references personal statements of Kitchener residents from different cultural backgrounds.

56 | Recognize Everyone

RECOGNIZE EVERYONE Artist: Lucy Pullen (@projectsandobjects), CAFKA (@cafkabiennial) Location: North Parking lot (Charles Street entrance), 27 Gaukel Street Medium: Mixed media on metal staircase

Born in Montreal, Canada, Lucy Pullen is an artist based in New York. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions across Canada and the United States. In collaboration with Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area (CAFK+A) a non-profit, artist-run organization that presents a free biennial exhibition of contemporary art in the public spaces of the City of Kitchener and across the Region of Waterloo. Pullen produced a polychromatic star-burst mural that covers the elevator shaft and the wrap-around fire escape on 27 Gaukel Street in Kitchener. The work is effectively a walk-in mural, that envelopes the visitor on all sides. The thematic title of the mural and of CAFKA.18, RECOGNIZE EVERYONE began as a game between friends. While on a trip together, they challenged themselves to find the familiar in the strange. There are no rules other than to recognize an acquaintance in the face or demeanour of a stranger. The point is the reimagining of public life. Cited from

57 | The Tile Project

THE TILE PROJECT Artist: Carol Bradley Location: The Working Centre (Charles Street), 58 Queen Street South Medium: Terracotta tiles

The Tile Project is a community-based art venture facilitated in 1996 by Carol Bradley. As part of the City of Kitchener’s Artist in Residence program, it proposes a tool to make our journey an opportunity to learn from each other and create a dialogue among its participants and audience. Each participant was given some clay which they rolled into a square tile and then wrote, painted or sculpted anything they wished onto its surface. The individual tiles were then placed side-by-side to create a collective, quilt-like mosaic. The process began and ended over the course of several weekends in the fall of that year, and saw over 260 pairs of busy hands working together to create delicately shaped pieces of their identity on a terracotta tile. The Tile Project displays community art as a way of seeing, documenting and engaging in critical reflection to stimulate relationships among participants and viewers.

58 | The Value of One the Power of Many

THE VALUE OF ONE THE POWER OF MANY Artist: Marilyn Koop Location: Queen and Charles Street, 84 Queen Street South Medium: Mixed media mural on plywood

This simple, yet powerful piece showcases multiple stories within one frame. Marilyn Koop captured a simplistic style to convey strong emotion through relatability, togetherness and the importance of sharing. Peaking into four windows, the viewer gets a glimpse of “the power of many”, paired with a colour palette that is warm and inviting. The viewer can’t help but be influenced by this mural to lean on each other.

59 | Pedestrian

PEDESTRIAN Artist: Ted Fullerton Location: Municipal Parking Garage at Benton and Charles Street Medium: Bronze and composite

Composite medium (series of six figures) responding directly to the goal of promoting pedestrian first values. This site-specific commissioned sculpture installation refers to the City of Kitchener’s goal of promoting pedestrian-first values and “the purpose of place”. The sculpture is in association with the intent of the Diamond Schmitt Architects’ design of a multi-level parking facility. Its symbolic reference is to inspire optimism, aspiration, limitless possibilities and the importance of the independent individual purpose towards the future. It is a work that has been referenced as being “existential”, which refers to the intricacies of human existence.

60 | Ectospore

ECTOSPORE Artist: Maria Simmons (@littlemadderroot) Location: 28 Benton Street Medium: Photography Year: 2020

Maria Simmons is an Interdisciplinary Artist who explores ideas of interspecies connectivity, contamination and cohabitation through sculpture, new media, installation and bio-art. Simmons positions her work at the edge of the comfort spectrum, asking the viewer to consider their existence through a post-humanist lens. She challenges the notions of humanity as separate from nature and the concepts of dependency. She has shown across southern Ontario and NYC. Simmons holds a BFA from McMaster University and is a current MFA candidate at the University of Waterloo. The Ectospore series explores subterranean mystery and interconnectivity through polaroid photographs of mushrooms I grew during the COVID-19 pandemic. The images are incredibly soft and mysterious, allowing for the mushrooms to seep with a spore-like boundarylessness. The mushrooms are lit with the grow lights used in their cultivation. The hi-res scans reveal the contamination of my own body when working with the mushrooms, showing small scratches, fibres from my clothing and actual spores from the mushrooms themselves. Together, these form hybrid images.

61 | Tranquility // Refreshed // Red Berries // Yellow Berries // Daisy, Daisy

TRANQUILITY Artist: Jessi McConnell (@jessthesnapper, @jessiikate) Location: Darlise Cafe, 33 Queen Street South Medium: Photography Year: 2018

In 2007, at the age of 16 years old, Jessi McConnell began a photographic journey with an affordable point-and-shoot camera. McConnell has continued to capture the visuals of everything around her. While her main focus is capturing sentimental moments for clients, her passion project is focused on landscape photography, and capturing the details and unique textures of nature. My collection of photographs are a visual representation of how I view “the little things”. Despite seeming small or unimportant, it’s the little things that ultimately drive our day-to-day emotions. These images show the details of nature in an upclose and personal form that may not be seen if not captured.

REFRESHED // Location: Darlise Cafe, 33 Queen Street South Year: 2019

RED BERRIES // Location: Darlise Cafe, 33 Queen Street South Year: 2020

YELLOW BERRIES // Location: Darlise Cafe, 33 Queen Street South Year: 2020

DAISY, DAISY Location: Darlise Cafe, 33 Queen Street South Year: 2020

62 | Love is Everywhere

LOVE IS EVERYWHERE Artist: Sarah Shin ( Location: Full Circle Foods, 3 Charles Street West Medium: Photography Year: 2020

Sarah Shin is a photographer who focuses on capturing the mood of a scene. Whether it be in nature or an urban landscape, she invites us to pause and find beauty in the small and often overlooked details. “Walking down a trail in a wooded area, this vine was hanging at eye level. Most people paid it no mind, either walking around it or brushing it aside. Those who took a moment to stop would see that the end had curled into a heart shape. Open your eyes — love is everywhere.”

63 | Blood in the Water (Six Miles Deep)

BLOOD IN THE WATER (SIX MILES DEEP) Artist: Nancy Forde (@nancyfordephoto) Location: Queen Shawarma & Kabab, 93 Ontario Street South Medium: Documentary photography Year: 2020 “My work examines the human relationship with the environment. I’m interested in the health and rights of women, BIPOC and LGBTQ2S people affected by targeted oppression and the systemic failure to safeguard them. A member of Women Photograph since 2017, my project Womb led to a nomination for the Royal Photographic Society’s #HundredHeroines campaign in 2018. I’m currently pursuing my MA in photojournalism and documentary photography. I live on Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe and Neutral Peoples’ territory with my son and our dog.” “Six Miles Deep refers to language in the Haldimand Proclamation. As the COVID-19 pandemic arrived, I began the project to examine my responsibilities as a white settler living on stolen lands. Today, the Six Nations of The Grand River retain about five per cent of lands promised them via the proclamation. I hope to raise settler awareness that we must meet Calls to Action outlined in Truth and Reconcilliation Commission of Canada’s (TRC)’s 2015 Final Report. How do we sincerely acknowledge and honour The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)? How might we embody a present where we do the hard work required towards true reconciliation and envision a future where land is part of that? Because it must be.”

64 | In The Clouds

IN THE CLOUDS Artist: Brie Pointer (@briepointer) Location: Ellison’s Bistro, 14 Charles Street West Medium: Photography Year: 2020

Brie Pointer is a multidisciplinary artist. As an Art Director, Brand Designer and Illustrator by trade, her work can be refined and experimental in both digital and traditional mediums. This colour series was created initially as social photography for Wayward Farm, a small-scale market farm run by Brie Pointer and her partner in Baden. The bold, bright and fun colours accentuate the true beauty of freshly-picked, raw vegetables. Don’t forget to eat your veggies! “Initially, the series was going to be called, Eat The Rainbow, but we didn’t want to be sued by Skittles (even though this rainbow is way more delicious!)”

65 | Isolation // Connection

ISOLATION // CONNECTION Artist: Ryan Antooa (@ryanantooa) Location: 16 Charles Street West Medium: Photography Year: 2020

Ryan Antooa is a Kitchener writer, designer and photographer, whose photography work is characterized as black and white with sharp lines and experimentation with reflections. “Isolation is a mind oscillating in isolation truly alone? We are all unified in feelings of loneliness — especially during a pandemic — and this photo, to me, sums up so many of the emotions we feel during this time.” “Connection is a reflection on how we relate and communicate during a pandemic — whether that be through FaceTime, through distanced walks, or simply sharing a moment at the Kitchener Market with a friend.”

66 | DTK Photo Walk

DTK PHOTO WALK Artist: Margaret Gissing (@me_margo_g) Location: DNA Screen Printing, 18 Charles Street West Medium: Photography Year: 2020 Margaret Gissing (she/her, settler) is an emerging Multidisciplinary Artist residing in Waterloo Region. Gissing is drawn to creatively exploring connections between spiritual and scientific ways of thinking, with interests in modern and historical myths and creative storytelling. Utilizing traditional, digital and photography mediums, she loves nothing more than bringing imagination to life in deep and meaningful ways. Gissing has been a local professional photographer for over ten years. “As a young photographer, I had always wondered what it would be like to see this city through a stranger’s eyes. Years later, in 2020, that opportunity came when local photographer, Taylor Jones created “DTK Photo Club” to host photo walks. These welcoming gatherings built community while engaging with the DTK landscape to capture the images that define it. Using a double exposure technique on Photo Walk #002, I captured this photo to channel the feeling of fresh eyes on an old city, and to celebrate the new generations of photographers who will help tell the stories of DTK.” Special thanks to Melissa Hughes

67 | Individuality

INDIVIDUALITY Artist: Jessi McConnell (@jessthesnapper, @jessiikate) Location: Clique Organic Salons, 417 King Street West Medium: Photography Year: 2019

In 2007, at the age of 16 years old, Jessi McConnell began a photographic journey with an affordable point-and-shoot camera. McConnell has continued to capture the visuals of everything around her. While her main focus is capturing sentimental moments for clients, her passion project is focused on landscape photography, and capturing the details and unique textures of nature. My collection of photographs are a visual representation of how I view “the little things”. Despite seeming small or unimportant, it’s the little things that ultimately drive our day-to-day emotions. These images show the details of nature in an upclose and personal form that may not be seen if not captured.

68 | Focus

FOCUS Artist: Nick Stanley (@light_hugger) Location: KW Health Connection, 417 King Street West B2 Medium: Digital photography Year: 2020

I work in the architectural field and I am also an architectural photographer. I have been a staff photographer for the Community Edition since 2017. I really enjoy work with the Community Edition, as it always provides me with opportunities to meet new and interesting people in our city. This image captures the leading lines of a pedestrian bridge, as seen through a glass ball. The symmetry and shallow depth of field, work together to pull the viewer into the scene and lead them down the path. The greenery also provides an organic contrast to the concrete structure.

69 | Umbrellas Charles Street Terminal

UMBRELLAS CHARLES STREET TERMINAL Artist: Mark Walton (@mwaltonphoto) Location: KW Bookstore, 308 King Street West Medium: Analog photography Year: 2019

Waterloo photographer Mark Walton is the editor of foto:RE|VIEW Magazine, and the founder of the foto:RE, a collective of photographers. He was a Director and Curator of FLASH: Contemporary Photography Here, an award-winning exhibit and festival of photography held in Waterloo Region 2015-2017. He has written for foto:RE|VIEW Magazine and PhotoED Magazine. His latest project, The COVERT Collective, is a gathering of curators from across the country showcasing the work of fine artists of many disciplines. “My love for art is organic. Grassroots. Bottom-up. No academic distortion or influence. Art is not ALL about technique or process or history... it’s about emotion. Sometimes it’s about ripping open your heart and bleeding.” “And sometimes it’s just about becoming lost in the beauty of the moment. It’s ALWAYS about sharing what comes.”

70 | Toward the Light

TOWARD THE LIGHT Artist: Raheleh Mohammadi (@rahelehphoto_art) Location: 271 West Restaurant, 271 King Street West Medium: Photography Year: 2017

Raheleh Mohammadi is passionate about photography and painting. She moved to Canada from Iran eight years ago. Inspired by the beauty of the wild and changing nature here in Ontario, she began to photograph landscapes and nature, and many other subjects that caught her artistic eye. She also recently started a family photography business. “I feel lucky to live in a place where I have found many unique and dynamic landscapes, especially in the fall. This image was captured at midday on a crisp November day. I was walking around the Grand River with my camera in hand, leaves were falling everywhere, and I suddenly noticed the beauty of a collection of leaves on some nearby stairs. As I moved toward them, I looked up and saw the swinging light through and between the fall trees! I was able to capture that incredible moment.”

71 | Dancer & His Reflection in a Puddle

DANCER & HIS REFLECTION IN A PUDDLE Artist: Flavia Fontana Giusti (@flaviafontanagiusti) Location: Matter of Taste, 115 King Street West Medium: Photography Year: 2016 Flavia Fontana Giusti shot her first photographs on polaroid and disposable cameras, and painted with oil, from a young age, growing up between France and Italy. Her solo travel around the world inspired her short stories and hundreds of photographs, one of which won third prize in the Istanbul Photo Awards — a yearly competition juried by renowned international photographers. After relocating to Canada in 2017, motherhood and the pandemic re-kindled her love for oil painting and film photography — learning to develop it, sometimes in experimental ways. Through portraits of her family outdoors, the medium has been a way to escape the dullness of confinement. There’s beauty hiding in the few blocks she walks with her children every day in midtown Kitchener. “This series was taken when I was living in Paris, in 2016, of a dancer practicing his moves at the Palais de Tokyo. There was something about the way he moved, the way the golden light bounced off his skin and reflected on the marble all around him, that I found visually very striking. I was able to capture that sense of freedom, strength and joy the dancer seemed to feel, untethered by the indoor studio, moving outdoors.”

72 | Mindsounds

MINDSOUNDS Artist: Lori Crewe (@loricrewe) Location: Apollo Cinema (indoors), 141 Ontario Street North Medium: Digital photography Year: 2014 Lori Crewe describes herself as a visual storyteller and unabashed daydreamer. Suspense, melancholia, stripes and crows fascinate her, and the work of Alex Colville, Edgar Allan Poe and Amedeo Modigliani inspire her. Crewe is an awardwinning Photographer living and working in the Waterloo Region. Over the past several years, she has dedicated most of her spare time scouring flea markets and garage sales for photo props, sketching new ideas and creating digital photographs. For her efforts, her photographs have received international recognition through various publications and awards. Mindsounds is a photography series inspired by individuals living with mental illness. As most of us either live with or know a family member, friend or co-worker who lives with a mental illness, it is a subject that is very relevant and important to everyone. For inspiration and direction, individuals living with mental illness have been asked to provide a word or metaphorical phrase that describes how they feel about living with their condition. It is with the hope that Mindsounds will create awareness, and perhaps give viewers the opportunity to experience, feel and understand this often misunderstood and taboo subject.

73 | Huron Park Aerial

HURON PARK AERIAL Artist: David Casco (@david.s.casco) Location: The Crazy Canuck Kitchener, 141 Ontario Street North Medium: Photography Year: 2019

“I’m a local photographer born and raised in Kitchener, and I started taking photos in 2017. My style leans toward street photography. I love shooting in inclement weather, although most people prefer not to be outside in extreme weather, and whether it’s snowing or raining, there’s a good chance I’m outside taking photos. ‘The worse the weather, the better the photo’ is a quote I like to go by. I love capturing unique perspectives and moments around Kitchener-Waterloo that most people have never seen — that includes photos from the ground, as well as the occasional aerial shot that I’ve taken with my drone.” “It was one of those rare snowy days where the temperature was perfect, not too cold, and the snowfall from the night before was sticking to all of the trees. So I knew the second I woke up and looked outside, that I had to go straight to Huron Natural Area with my drone to get this perspective of the trees all perfectly covered in snow. This photo is over two years old and still one of my favourite photographs I have taken.”

74 | Serene

SERENE Artist: Sarah Shin ( Location: Mark’s Caribbean Kitchen, 20 King Street East Medium: Photography Year: 2020

Sarah Shin is a Photographer that focuses on capturing the mood of a scene. Whether it be in nature or an urban landscape, she invites us to pause and find beauty in the small and often overlooked details. This capture is one flower in a large pond of water lilies. While the entire pond is captivating, the true beauty resides in each flower. There is a serene elegance in each lily as they float peacefully on the still surface of the water.

Thank you for participating in the DTK Art Walk! It is with deep and sincere gratitude that we thank our partners for their ongoing support that allowed us to bring this experience to life in such a short time. We applaud the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, under the direction of Shirley Madill, and the building owners that understood our vision and provided the space for these creative installments. To the talented artists behind these pieces — your dedication and commitment to your craft have brought joy and life to the heart of our Downtown. Thank you for creating lasting memories for this community. We would love to hear from you — find us on social media @dtkitchener and feel free to share your experiences and feedback. With love from,

The Businesses of Downtown Kitchener #DTKArtWalk | @DTKitchener

We acknowledge that Downtown Kitchener is situated on land that is the traditional home of the Haudenosaunee (Ho-deh-no-show-nee), Anishinaabe (Ah-nish-nah-bay) and Neutral People. We recognize and deeply appreciate their historic connection to this place. We also recognize the contributions Indigenous peoples have made in shaping and strengthening this community. We are grateful for the opportunity to meet here and re-affirm our collective commitment to make the promise and the challenge of Truth and Reconciliation real in our community.


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A Field Guide to DTK's Art Walk  

Showcasing all of the art installations and murals within the Downtown Kitchener Core. Representing local artists and what they bring to DTK...

A Field Guide to DTK's Art Walk  

Showcasing all of the art installations and murals within the Downtown Kitchener Core. Representing local artists and what they bring to DTK...

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