street art on a low retaining wall that says butterflyways in bright pink letters

Garrison Creek park is a small strip of green between the railway tracks an alley of garages. Many of the garage doors were painted last weekend with murals all on the theme of butterflies.  There are about 30 paintings and they are the work of a number of different street artists.   The project was curated by Nick Sweetman and it is part of the David Suzuki Foundation’s Butterflyway project; StreetARToronto was also involved.

If you don’t like pictures of butterfly murals, I suggest that you skip this post because I’m sharing photos of a lot of the garage doors!  In no particular order here they are:

 

mural of an orange and blue snake loosely tied in a knot around a purple tree, blue butterfly hovers in front of snake's face, mural by Cruz 1

Artist: Cruz1

 

Three black line drawings of a butterfly, with details and shadowing, very realistic looking, on a fence

Artist: unknown (by me)

 

Artist: blackburn

 

many whimsical butterflies and caterpillars

Artist: J. McKie

 

pink water lily painted on a black background

Artist: C Mazzulla

 

a mural on a garage door in an alley, part of butterflyways project - a possum and a butterfly by wales

Artist: wales

 

a mural on a garage door in an alley, part of butterflyways project - a person's face in profile, with a butterfly spread over the back part of the head

Artist: 2US & XYZ (not positive about that)

 

a mural on a garage door in an alley, part of butterfly ways project - very stylized abstract picture of a butterfly and a flower

Artist: XYZ & MAC

 

a mural on a garage door in an alley, part of butterflyways project - two adjacent garage doors, the left one is by mska and is a brown butterfly and mushrooms. on the right is an hibiscus flower by horus taffytats

Artist: (left) mska, (right) horus, tuffytats

 

a mural on a garage door in an alley, part of butterflyways project - two adjacent garage doors, the left one is a monarch butterfly landing on pink flowers, on the right is a riot of blues and greens

Artist: (left) braes, (right) C. Perez

 

a mural on a garage door in an alley, part of butterflyways project - a pink and purple butterfly that looks like a face, with daisies

Artist: @anyamielniczek

 

a mural on a garage door in an alley, part of butterflyways project - a black butterfly with orange and blue highlights, on a green leaf

Artist: P.S

 

a mural on a garage door in an alley, part of butterflyways project - two adjacent garage doors, the left one is painted on a light green fence and is a flower in pale oranges and beiges. On the right is a purple butterfly

Artists: unknown (by me)

 

a mural on a garage door in an alley, part of butterflyways project - a red butterfly with a bright light in the center of it.

Artist: NEDO

 

a mural by smugugly on a garage door in an alley, part of butterflyways project - a red, black and bluish butterfly

Artist: @smugugly

 

a mural on a garage door in an alley, part of butterflyways project - two adjacent garage doors, the left one is a stylized (cubist) butterfly in blues and purples. On the right is a Nick Sweetman yellow butterfly with black details as well as a white Scottie dog that looks like Tintin's dog Snowy

Artist: (left) FIP or FYP? , (right) Sweetman

 

a mural on a garage door in an alley, part of butterflyways project - two adjacent garage doors, the left one is painted by braes and is a portrait of David Suzuki. On the right is a blue mural by C. Perez

Artist: (left) braes & wales, (right) C. Perez

a mural on a garage door in an alley, part of butterflyways project - two adjacent garage doors, the left one is width=

street art mural of a Japanese girl upper body and head, hair in two buns kept together with chopsticks, looking aghast at something behind her

Comments
  1. icelandpenny says:

    I am just drinking it all in… Some terrific butterflies, but was most amused (& surprised) by David Suzuki rendered as a hot-air balloon!

  2. Joanne Sisco says:

    What I love is that an entire collection of homes all adopted this theme. The end result is spectacular!
    Would you mind if I re-blogged this post?

    • Mary C says:

      If you want to re-blog go ahead,… with credit and link please!
      I had thought that I took photos of all the garages, then StreetARToronto facebook page had one by spud that I missed! Not sure how I missed it.

  3. Joanne Sisco says:

    Reblogged this on My Life Lived Full and commented:
    I don’t often re-blog a post, but I’d like to make an exception with Mary’s post about butterfly doors.

    Mary is a Toronto blogger and her view of our city is always a bit different and definitely interesting.

    This post about a neighbourhood that recently painted their garage doors with murals of a butterfly theme is clearly one of those posts that’s both different and interesting.

    Since today is Thursday Doors, it seemed like a perfect time to profile Mary and her blog. I hope you enjoy.

  4. Su Leslie says:

    Lovely photos; and a great idea for cheering up the neighbourhood. 🙂

  5. bikerchick57 says:

    Gorgeous butterfly doors! Thank you so much for sharing. I would tell you my favorite, but I think I love them all equally. This was a genius project!

  6. Norm 2.0 says:

    Gorgeous collection 🙂

  7. Those are wonderful! One of my fondest memories of our visit to Toronto was the street murals. I wish I could have seen these while we were there.

  8. What a beautiful gallery and amazing artist! Thanks for sharing them.

    janet

  9. Heyjude says:

    How delightful. Popped in from Jo’s blog to see your post. A great idea to brighten up the neighbourhood 🙂

  10. Mary C says:

    Thank you to everyone who left a comment, your interest is much appreciated. The garage doors at Garrison Creek are wonderful, especially when seen as a collection. I was very happy to find them and I’m glad that you enjoyed seeing them too.

  11. Absolutely lovely! Thank you taking these. I know our city has some really neat murals in street art, but these are lovely.

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