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Meet the visual artist of “Celebrating Toronto”

visual artist of "Celebrating Toronto"

Key Takeaways:

  • With old and new design tricks, modern art captures a historic feel.
  • On Saturday, June 26, 1976, the skyline-defining CN Tower debuted as the world’s tallest freestanding structure.

We’ve been #CelebratingTORONTO with a series of illustrations by @beddoart depicting historical landmarks in our city over the last few months.

Can you tell in terms of your artistic and design background?

I’m a visual artist who works with both traditional and digital tools, sometimes combining the two. Comic books, graffiti, music, sports, movies, and science fiction have impacted my work. I try to connect these disparate themes and see where they can lead me.

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In addition, I enjoy experimenting with new technology and coming up with creative ways to get my artwork out there. Recently, this has included delving into the world of NFT art. My main ongoing project is my graphic novel ‘Udeja,’ about survival in a post-apocalyptic Toronto.

This week in 1922 marks the 99th anniversary of the first Royal Winter Fair. Following World War I, a group of notable farmers and horsemen established national standards for domestic animal judging, believing in the country’s ability to compete at a world-class level.

The first fair attracted 17,000 entries for its livestock competition in 1922, and it continues its annual tradition of showcasing the best food, livestock, and horsemanship the country has to offer. Every year, 300,000 people come from Ontario and beyond to see horse shows, butter sculptures, and the latest agricultural technology innovations.

The Ontario Science Centre first opened its doors to the public on September 26, 1969. Raymond Moriyama, a Toronto architect, designed the building in the brutalist style, characterized by minimalist construction that emphasizes building materials over decorative design.

Construction took 40 months, with 1,537 workers working 24 hours a day, five days a week, to produce a final product regarded as an engineering marvel of the modern world. In addition, the tower serves as a Toronto telecommunications hub, with over 16 Canadian television and FM radio stations broadcasting.

Source: CBC News

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