The street artist BirdO is leaving his mark in Toronto
Written by Camões Radio on November 25, 2019
Maybe you don’t know who birdO is, but you’ve likely seen his work around the City. The eagle-masked Toronto street artist remains a mystery but his work is getting more recognition by the day. His large-scale, animal-infused murals are hard to miss and bring color to the City.
At this point, birdO is a full-fledged international sensation: he has commissioned work gracing towering canvasses in Chicago, Puerto Rico, Maui, Al Mafraq, Shanghai, among others.
But we’re still quick to claim the Saskatoon transplant who has graced plenty of our own city walls (and plenty of art pop-ups) with his futuristic animal pieces.
His most recent work: the deer mural across from St. Clair subway station, which is a colourful and pretty literal homage to the Deer Park neighbourhood, spanning a whopping 10 storeys.
There’s the giant yellow bird gracing the sign at The Village by the Grange, Rugg’s biggest piece to date, which adds some perfect complementary colours to the OCAD building next door.
The facade of the old Holiday Inn-turned-Kimpton Saint George hotel got a much-needed spruce up with an iconic steam punk-looking owl.
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Basketball North. . It’s been a crazy year for ball up here in Canada and It was an honour to work with @project_backboard to bring this Toronto Husky to life! . We couldn’t have done it without huge support from @start_streetartoronto & @torontohousing . So many thanks to @wellandgood & @doublethinkimage for grinding this one out with me. . And so much love to the residents at 90 Mornelle in Scarborough. Take care of home court eh 🏀🇨🇦🏆 . #birdo #projectbackboard #streetart #basketball #hypecourts
Meanwhile a husky’s face now adorns the home court at 80 Mornelle Court at Morninside and Ellesmere.
There’s the watchful pigeon on Ossington.
A giant birdO flamingo graces the aptly-named Flamingo Room in the Darling Mansion.
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✌️🦈✌️ . . "Conservation is the preservation of human life on Earth, and that, above all else, is worth fighting for" Rob Stewart | @teamsharkwater – . For more event and project information, please visit dakuwaqaproject.com or click the link in our profile. . Mural by @pangeaseed guest artists @getsofacto and @jerryrugg (birdO). Curated by @PangeaSeed Foundation and @seawalls_ Artists for Oceans. . Special thanks to our local partners City of Toronto, @start_streetartoronto , Green Parking, @lushcosmetics, Opus Restaurant, @notionmfg, @nuvango, @sorudeboy and @loveletterprojects for the incredible support helping to make this project possible. . PC: @abovebelowphoto . #robstewart #pangeaseed #seawalls #sharkwater #artivism #paintforapurpose #saveourseas #oceanmatter #ocean #art #dakuwaqaproject #birdo #getso
And a hammerhead shark ode to the late Rob Stewart sits on the side of the Opus Restaurant On Prince Arthur to honour the passing of the Canadian conservationist and filmmaker.