For this work, Guinn was inspired by Geometric Abstraction and most notably the artwork of Sonia Delanuay (1885-1979). Guinn’s use of a myriad of bright contrasting colours reference Delaunay and amplify the geometric patterning of the artwork. The colours selected for the work reference the 1980’s, a time of experimentation in technology and design from the invention of Apple, the beginning of MTV and the music video phenomenon, and the unique designs of the Italian Memphis Group.
Drew Billiau is a lighting aficionado. He specializes in designing meticulous light displays for opera, dance, and theatre. This mural’s light display is created using LED Neon Flex Vivid S 270 RGB Fixtures: an environmentally friendly and safe alternative to neon. The LED Neon FLEX mounting channel were thoughtfully applied to the mural by Billiau to contour the shapes of Guinn’s design and enhance the visual experience of the work. Billiau had two goals: to create an arresting piece of visual eye candy, and to impact viewers emotions with a seamless interchange of bold colours.
The artwork is well situated amongst the bright lights of Yonge and Eglinton and only a few short blocks east from the busy intersection. The murals bold colour scheme and neon glow draws us eastward as was the intention of the artists and aspirations of the developers.