The late documentary filmmaker Rob Stewart’s lifelong mission to defend the ocean and all of its inhabitants was celebrated at last month’s unveiling of a public mural made possible by the City of Toronto’s StreetARToronto (StART) program. The 37-year-old passed away earlier this year in a scuba diving incident in Florida. The mural, by Toronto-based artists Birdo and GETSO, was unveiled Sept. 9 at Bedford Road and Prince Arthur Avenue. Mayor John Tory attended alongside Stewart’s parents, Sandy and Brian Stewart (right), his sister Alexandra Stewart and MP Rob Oliphant (left). The mural portrays the North York native in a peaceful underwater scene, swimming with the creatures he aimed to protect. It was created using Stewart’s photography and film still frames. The Dakuwaqa Project, in conjunction with PangeaSeed Foundation and their Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans program, will paint a series of public murals around the globe to keep Stewart’s voice and legacy alive. Two other murals have already been painted in his name: one in Napier, N.Z., and the other in Miami, Fla.
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