I've lived in big cities like Vancouver and Toronto, but I've always been drawn to wild places, so embracing the rural life has become an essential requirement for my happiness and peace of mind. And yet visiting the city for a day or two, and experiencing diverse offerings in art, music, theatre, literary festivals and global cuisine can be incredibly exciting. On a hot summer day in 2018, I found myself stopping to admire the many street-level murals that line the avenues in downtown Toronto. The vibrant colour and large-scale impact of this public art was so phenomenal, I found myself experiencing the beauty in a somatic way, by immersing my whole body in the composition and reaching up, to embrace the artist's vision. Clearly, the theme of the work changed with the introduction of the human form, and the these kind of spontaneous acts can be one aspect of public art. Overall, the transformation of urban walls into spaces of imagination and joy, is an art lover's dream come true~!
Pegi Eyers is also the author of Ancient Spirit Rising: Reclaiming Your Roots & Restoring Earth Community, an award-winning book that explores social justice, nature spirituality, the ancestral arts, and resilience in times of massive change. www.stonecirclepress.com