Geared For Growth

A STEPS PROJECT

This intricate mural by artist Zuna Amir is a part of the BMO National Mural Series and highlights the positivity, diversity and cheerfulness of the neighborhood as well as the heritage of the area, transforming the interior of the BMO Oshawa branch into a vibrant space for the local community.

Project at a Glance

Location: 419 King St W, Oshawa, ON L1J 2K5

Artist: Zuna Amir

Year: 2022

Project Partner: Commissioned by BMO Financial Group as a part of the BMO National Mural Series

Project Photographer/Videographer: May Shi

Services: Public Art Management

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About This Project

Geared for Growth aims to unite BMO with its community, people, and harmonious history. It embodies the spirit of the local Oshawa community, hoping to forge connections through the power of public art.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The design incorporates symbols of canoes and lakes, tying it to the past and the name “Oshawa” in the Native dialect. It shifts the narrative to the present day, juxtaposing symbols of the automobile industry with landscapes and landmarks in the city.

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About the Artist

Zuna Amir

Zuna Amir

Lead Artist

Zuna is a Pakistani-Canadian multidisciplinary artist. She is an OCAD University graduate with a Bachelor of Design majoring in illustration. Her contrasting works emphasize form, line and details as a response to the environments around her. The exploration of colour is a central element in her artwork paired with the illumination of the ordinary.

@zunaamir.art
zunaamir.com

STEPS Public Art Management Service is recognized for being iconic, cost-effective and transformational. From murals to sculptures and projection mapping, STEPS produces one-of-a-kind public art installations with partners that meet your needs.

The BMO National Mural Series falls under the public art management service. Visit the project page to see artworks by many talented and diverse artists at different branches across Canada!

Project Partner

These works of art were made possible by BMO in collaboration with STEPS Public Art. BMO’s National Mural Series was designed to create opportunities to celebrate local communities and the people who live and visit them. By working with hyper local artists to design murals with meaning and impact specific to each location, BMO hopes to bring art to locations where artists and community members might not otherwise have an opportunity.

At BMO, we are proud to be partners in these communities, celebrate our customers, and support local artists. These beautiful pieces of art not only express BMO’s values and celebrate diversity they also provide opportunities to surprise and delight those visiting our branches. We look forward to expanding this program and curating many more murals in branches across Canada.

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