Brampton Fire connecting to the community through public art
January 13, 2022 By FFIC Staff
Jan. 13, Brampton, Ont. – The City of Brampton is displaying a new mural at Brampton Fire and Emergency Services (BFES) Station 211 as part of public art project. With the assistance of STEPS (Sustainable Thinking and Expression on Public Space), a public art focused charity, a new bold and colourful mural depicting the open countryside, celebrating local wildlife and the agricultural heritage of the area was installed.
“Our entire Brampton Fire and Emergency Services team is dedicated to building lasting relationships with the community through education, connection and safety,” said Fire Chief Bill Boyes in a news release. “I am excited to see our first mural unveiled and know it will provide our community with even more of an opportunity to connect and engage with one another.”
“Brampton is a mosaic and one that continues to come to life thanks to creative collaborations like this one,” said city mayor Patrick Brown in a news statement. Brampton Fire and Emergency Services are engrained in our community and it’s so wonderful to see the introduction of public art at their stations to connect with residents even further and make art accessible to all.”
The production and presentation of public art is a part of Brampton’s culture master plan as a vehicle for facilitating meaningful exchange between diverse creators and their community. Blended with Brampton fire department’s ongoing commitments to community building, this mural supports social cohesion, connection to place and contributes to the creation of a unique and distinctive identity for Brampton, stated the city in their announcement.
The artist behind the piece, Pam Lostracco, is a muralist and graphic designer who was born and raised in Brampton. She graduated from OCAD with two scholarships, and has worked at design studios creating brands, books and illustrations. The mural at Station 211 was designed to integrate with the fire hall’s architecture and the natural environment around it.
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