The Toronto Transit Commission awarded the design of integrated artworks at Chester Subway to the artist in 2016. Florae portrays native plants and flowers found in the neighbourhoods and ravines surrounding Chester station. Depicted are milkweed, verbena, trout lily, and blue flag iris colliding together in double-exposed photographic overlays. The playful combination of realistic depictions with abstract interventions pushes the mosaic medium in a new direction. The innovative use of hand-glazed ceramic tiles imbues these stationary wall works with a sense of movement and of wind blowing seeds into the sky. The architecturally integrated art glass above the entrance features a super enlargement of flowers that expands into clouds and heavenly bodies. The mosaics are finished and the art glass will be installed later this year.
Mosaics by MOSAIKA (Montreal)