September 5, 2012

Tory Franklin - "Fe Fi Fo Fum"

Tory Franklin has installed 'Fe Fi Fo Fum', a mural which includes an articulated figure, and measures 12' high by 20' wide. This project is located on John St and 10th Avenue, at the North Easternly most corner of the red wall.

Tory's words about this project: "The Victorian Era, much like our own, was an age of extreme eclecticism. A proliferation of surface ornament appropriated from many different cultures covered anything designers could get their hands on. Children were for the first time considered a major demographic, and the market was flooded with books and easily assembled paper toys taking advantage of new print techniques and industrialization that put these objects into the hands of the general public.
I grew up with reproductions of fairy tales and toy theaters from this period and the fantastical design aesthetics and possibilities of print were firmly cemented in my artistic core. Years later I returned to this rich source material to combine narrative with contemporary print processes on an architectural scale.

This piece is based on Jack and the Beanstalk and depicts a human-scale puppet of Jack making his way up a beanstalk snaking throughout the image area of the wall."

To learn more about Tory Franklin's work:

Photos courtesy of the artist.

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