On Beatrice Street just south of College there is a small parking lot. The walls of the buildings on the north and east sides have been painted with a large mural called ‘A Stroll by Garrison Creek’ .
below: On the east side of the parking lot is a painting that represents Emily Bickford and her two daughters, Beatrice and Grace. The street that the parking lot is on was named for Beatrice Bickford. The next street parallel to Beatrice is Grace, named for Grace Bickford. You might recognize the name Bickford if you are familiar with the area – Bickford Park is just south of Christie Pits. Emily Bickford was responsible for donating some of her family’s land to the city to be used for parkland.
below: You may have spotted the words Spud Bomb in the picture below. Also, you might recognize the shapes in the dress that she wears as being similar to shapes seen in a lot of street art in Toronto. They are the work of Pascal Paquette. Both Paquette and Spud1 collaborated on this mural along with artist Artchild.
below: A large chickadee dominates the mural on the north side of the parking lot.
This mural was a StreetARToronto (StART) project, with help from VIBE Arts and the Toronto Parking Authority. It was completed a couple of months ago, September 2016.