Client: City of Brampton
Location: Brampton, ON, Canada
Completion date: 2021
STEPS Public Art
Brampton Fire Station
Project Partner/ Client
City of Brampton
STEPS worked with The City of Brampton and Lead Artist Pam Lostracco to create a new bold and colourful mural depicting the open countryside, celebrating local wildlife and the agricultural heritage of the area was installed at Brampton Fire and Emergency Services (BFES) Station 211. This is an important initiative that seeks to create placemaking opportunities around the city.
Through this bold, colourful and community-oriented artwork activation series centered around landscapes, STEPS created one-of-a-kind experiences for employees and community members that foster new relationships and enhance brand recognition for Brampton Fire and Emergency Services as a leader in preserving and building vibrant communities.
The mural is designed to integrate with the fire hall’s architecture and the agricultural landscape around it. An open countryside appears to show through the windows, celebrating the local wildlife and geography. Horizontal gradients of colour create a soft, blurred illusion of movement when you drive by, with various colour representations (blue for sky and tributaries, green for tree lines and produce, yellow for cornfields and farmland, and red-browns symbolizing fertile earth and the station’s brick exterior). In the centre is a glowing warm sun, which is also a cross-section of a corn cob, and a blossom for the City of Flowers.
The project had the following impact:
3 Animated Fire and Emergency Services Garage Doors
1 Animated Fire and Emergency Services Hose Tower
1 Lead artist
2 Animated Paramedic Services Garage Doors
1200 sq ft. Of artwork designed and installed
“This project is extra special to me since Brampton is my hometown where I lived on the border between city and countryside. When the Division Chief of Fire described the deer that play in the cornfields behind the station, I knew the window design had to integrate with the natural life and open landscape that staff view from those very windows.” – Pam Lostracco, Artist “This project with Brampton Fire and Emergency Services, our Cultural Services team and STEPS perfectly illustrates what great collaboration can bring to the community. These murals will connect our fire stations to their surroundings as spaces of safety, relationship building and creativity, contributing to our vibrant community.” – David Barrick, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Brampton