Toronto Mayor John Tory launched a citywide public art initiative at Seneca’s Indigenous centre Odeyto last night, showcasing the works of Seneca talent as part of an initiative to help Toronto businesses, neighbourhoods and residents safely recover and rebuild during the pandemic.
Seneca graduates and projection artists Emma Lopez and Pedro Narvaez are the creative partners of BigArtTO, which features free access to more than 200 hours of artworks projected onto local buildings and landmarks. The launch site at Seneca’s award-winning Odeyto building featured a large-scale projection of watay, an animated short film produced in the Animation Arts Centre by Illustration students and Indigenous storytellers Ben Kicknosway and Morgan Kagesheongai, who worked with faculty member Neil Affleck.
Wawatay runs at Newnham Campus until Saturday, Sept. 19, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. each night. It is also available to watch on Vimeo.