Last month, the Brampton Transit Gateway Terminal was given new life with the unveiling of a vibrant 16-foot mural created by Sheridan College students.

The idea for the artwork stemmed from Brampton Transit employees who work at the terminal and wanted to beautify the space. Regular use of the terminal by Sheridan College students made it fitting that the school would participate in the collaboration.

“The idea to showcase Brampton Transit in the community through art came from our employees and we’re happy to have partnered with Sheridan College in helping us translate the idea into a work of art,” said Vince Rodo, Brampton Transit director. “(It’s) a great way to beautify our workspace and add a new element to our terminal.”

The city commissioned several Honours Bachelor of Illustration students from the college to create a mural that represents Brampton Transit and its role in the community. The college included the activity as part of a student co-op and spring term illustration project. Four students created the mural: Alanna Campbell, Erina Chida, Isabella Fassler and Miri Molev.

The project was led by Sheridan Illustration faculty Ted Zourntos and Julia Breckenreid, with the support of Elijah Williams from Sheridan’s Centre for Indigenous Learning and Support.

“We’re proud to see the creativity of our students play a significant role in helping to illuminate this public space through their imaginative and inspired mural,” said Dr. Janet Morrison, Sheridan College president and vice-chancellor, adding that the school was “thrilled to partner with the city on this innovative project.”

As part of the design process, a city committee provided feedback to the students on their initial concepts. After a formal presentation by the Sheridan mural team, committee members chose The Circle design as best representing the core values of the Brampton Gateway Terminal.

The Circle concept expresses the Brampton Gateway Terminal as a central hub of perpetual movement connecting the people of Brampton to the rhythms of their everyday lives. Images reflect the key themes of strength and diversity. The inclusion of Indigenous symbolism, selected in consultation with the Centre of Indigenous Learning and Support, further enhance those themes.

The Gateway Terminal is located at 501 Main Street South. For more information on public art and landmarks in Brampton, contact [email protected]

Image: The Circle, by Sheridan College students Alanna Campbell, Erina Chida, Isabella Fassler and Miri Molev.

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